Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates..... Deuteronomy 11:18-20
After you're done reading a story, ask your children questions, not only about what happened in the story, but about what they would do in a similar situation or about how they would feel if something like that happened to them or how they saw God work in the story.
Making Bedtime Conversation a Ritual
If you could ask God anything, what might your guestion be? Have everyone in the family write down their questions on a sheet of paper and put them in a basket. Then use those questions to generate conversation around the dinner table, And remember, coming to "the right answer" doesn't matter nearly as much as having a meaningful conversation.
Consider taking a walk with your child and notice the things that God has created. Look at each creation with wonder and excitement and study the intricacies of some of God's creation. If you're child finds something that is "man" made, help them to understand that God gives people ideas to use the things that He created to make new things. Help your child to learn how to praise God for His creation. You could even collect things as you walk and make a creation collage to reinforce your "study time".
Taking Time to Talk
When Children Ask Why?
How to Talk About God with Your Kids - 10 Conversation starters
Talking With Your Kids About Jesus
Whether it is a short trip to the grocery store, on the way to soccer practice or a long trip to see grandma, the car is a great place to get a conversation started with your kids! Your children often feel safe opening up in the car because they do not have to have eye contact with you. This contained environment provides parents the opportunity to control the distractions and weave God into the conversation. Conversations in the car are a great time to explore what your kids are thinking. Car rides are excellent times to learn verses or talk about Sunday School lessons.
Making the Most of Carpool Conversations of Faith
Printable Car Games
Remember, it is a conversation, not a teaching time, not a parental lecture.....it's an opportunity for each person to express their own opinion, and their own feelings..........
Leif Kehrwald, Vibrant Faith Ministries