I have been pretty quiet. Between a large to-do list and lots of thoughts brewing away, I find myself avoiding most of my cyber world. One, I am plain too busy, but also, when my thoughts swirl I tend to seek out the quiet and the routine of home.
However, one thing I wanted to share before the month was out is praying the Rosary with children. Right away I will tell you that I have a hard time praying the Rosary every single day and even more so with the kids. Even though I know I should pray it every day. And even though I have read and heard of so many benefits of praying a family Rosary. It's been a work in progress.
From the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary earlier this month.
We made an edible Rosary using fall-themed M&Ms.
Instead of praying full decades, I decided to pray a "full" Rosary except only pray one Hail Mary instead of ten per decade after having read this tip somewhere (how I wish I could give credit where credit is due!). Over time I will add more Hail Marys until we are back to the full ten per decade. In addition, I put out images of each mystery (here is a beautiful 8x10 set that we have) and use the meditations from the Rosary lapbook we created last year. As I pray with the kids, I use this shortened version to pray for my kids (for example, for my kids to grow in faith, charity, or whatever each mystery calls for).
Another idea I want to try is a bead by bead meditation as I personally find it easier to stay focused in prayer versus praying ten Hail Marys back-to-back.
One huge bonus of doing this is that it keeps the Rosary fresh in my mind and I have been better able to pray a Rosary of my own later in the day, usually as I nurse Miss Z down for bed. If I get a chance, I like to listen to an audio Rosary with meditations while I do my nightly kitchen clean-up.
How do you pray the Rosary with your child(ren)?
Critter and Miss Bear made these simple decade rosaries.