The Family that Plays and Prays Together
That’s something my husband and I learned whilst actively participating and helping facilitate the parenting courses conducted by Educhild (Education for the Upbringing of Children). Particularly for young children who do not know what “quality time” is, but how much time you actually spend with them.
Thus, I decided not to work till they were both of school age, and afterward, to be home when they are home after school. Dinner and weekends all considered family time. One-on-one dates with our kids once a month is an appointment we strive to keep, too.
God has also blessed me with not only the perfect husband (whom He handpicked just for me), but the best dad my kids could ever have. One of the qualities he has that I admire most is being childlike and thus, almost always playful. Through his example, I’ve spent time with our children not only to take care of them and guide them with their studies, but also play with them. From pretend play to clapping games and more physically active ones (including Xbox 360+Kinect and elastics) to card and board games (Cluedo is a favourite of ours).
So we’re quite thankful that both the companies my husband I work for shut down for the holidays, allowing us to spend more time with our kids and extended family. Like today, wherein we went to Mass at 9am with plans of heading to the beach afterward, but due to the rain, decided to hang out at our house, instead. We all had fun playing Xbox and card games, eating the picnic food, being together till it was time for my sister-in-law and her (and her husband’s) brood of eight to go home after supper.
Remember the saying that “The Family that Prays Together, Stays Together?” Well, I guess you could say that we play and pray together, and stay happily together.