Taking inventory

Have you ever sat down and taken inventory of your kids time?  How much “free” time they have in a day?

I honestly hadn’t either.  So, when I felt God nudging me to do it, I did.  I sat down and wrote out what a general 24 hour day would look like for our kiddos…

They start off with 24 hours in a day:

-10 hours sleep

-8 hours in school [including transportation]

-1 hour getting ready for school [dressed, teeth, lunches, breakfast, chores, etc.]

-30 minutes homework after school [reading, projects, math, etc.]

-30 minutes screen time [yes, we time this!]

-1 hour play inside/outside time

-2 hours sports/extracurricular activities [including travel time, sometimes]

-30 minutes getting ready for bed [pj’s, teeth, prayers, snuggle time, etc.]

= 0 hours, 30 minutes left.  [if that doesn’t shake you up a bit, I don’t know what will!]

30 minutes of free time in your kiddos day left.  That’s it.  And if you have elementary to middle school age kiddos at home too, no doubt your schedule looks a lot like this one!  Maybe yours is a little better off or a little worse off.  Do you see how easily, on any given day, ALL of our time can be taken up?!

Every single hour, who am I kidding…every single MINUTE matters!

Did you notice, there is zero time allocated for teaching your kids about Jesus in the above schedule.  It should be a priority! I know, the current state of our homes are…BUSY.  Less than 1% of our kids time, and most likely our time, is left “free”.

Let me encourage you, I had to start somewhere.  Making time in your schedule is half the battle!  It’s hugely important we are talking to our kids all day, every day, about Jesus…and I also believe it’s important to make TEACHING our kids about Jesus a priority too.  Because, let’s be honest, if we don’t schedule it and make it a priority…most likely, it won’t get done.

I’m going to be talking the next few months on here about the importance of teaching our kiddos about Christ at home, I hope you’ll join me!  I’m going to be sharing things the Lord has taught me, along with scriptures he used to change the way I do things…and the fruit is everlasting friends.  It’s eternal!

John 15:16

You didn’t choose me.  I chose you.  And appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit…”

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