The following post is from Dianna of The Kennedy Adventures.
Does the thought of praying the Rosary with your children seem a little daunting? Think that nailing Jello to the wall might be a bit easier?
Never fear. Praying the Rosary with your children isn’t as hard as it may seem at first glance. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for you to make these prayers a part of your family life.
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Tips for Saying the Rosary with Your Children
Start Out Slowly
Before you can begin praying the Rosary with your children, there are a few prayers they’ll need to learn. To begin, they’ll need to know the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.
Take a look at these prayers every Catholic child should know to get you started.
Once you’ve taught your little ones the basic prayers of the Rosary, it’s time to put them all together. Set aside some time when your children are well rested and fed, then walk through a decade of the Rosary with them.
Patience and repetition are key. They’re not going to be perfect the first time through, but I guarantee after a few months, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much they know.
My children are a little rambunctious, so I have to capitalize on moments when I have a captive audience.
We listen to these Rosary CDs in the car – even my youngest children enjoy chiming in.
In our house, you’ll find quite a few Rosaries — glass beaded, wooden, plastic, twine, and even silicone ones safe for teething babies.
By having enough Rosaries on hand for everyone in the house, I’m preventing issues over little ones who can’t share. I’m also making this sacramental a familiar piece of our Catholic home.
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Strength in Numbers
When it comes to praying the Rosary, the more the merrier. My children seem to be more attentive when we’re saying the Rosary as a group. Consider inviting another family over for a Rosary playgroup, or get to Mass early to participate in the Rosary with your parish.
Hands on Rosary Helps
For our little ones, having a hands on approach to saying the Rosary seems to be the best approach.
We love to work on Rosary crafts together as a family during our Morning Time.
It’s easy to keep little hands busy with these Rosary playdough mats, or with these free Rosary coloring books.
We also use these printable Rosary cards with our children. I printed and laminated a set for each of the kids. We’re able to see a picture of the Mystery, discuss the virtue associated with the Mystery, and even read the Scripture references together.
The little children love playing with these cards while we are at Mass. They’re the perfect size to slip into a diaper bag or purse. You can punch a hole in them and put them on a ring for an easy way to keep them together.
WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR PRAYING THE ROSARY WITH CHILDREN?
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