#FamilyFavoriteFriday - Coloring, kids in traditional worship, and books, books, books!

It's time for #FamilyFavoriteFriday! Here's what we found to share with you around the web this week ...

For Parents ...

Ever felt guilty for spending time coloring with your kid - and realizing you've enjoyed it as much as they do?! Turns out that coloring isn't just for kids - it is a de-stresser for adults too! (This is one of the many reasons we always have coloring sheets available at The Mary Retreat for busy women!)

This one was an interesting find - are you having trouble getting your boys to wear jeans? Turns out it's a more common challenge than one might have thought!

For Ministry Leaders ...

There are some pretty flashy curricula out there nowadays, but some of the best and most kid-friendly material is actually ancient stuff! Using Tactile Prayer experiences both connects our kids to church traditions and engages their best learning styles.

In the same vein, we have to stop perpetuating the myth that "traditional" worship isn't kid-friendly! The MOST kid-friendly worship is the MOST liturgical! If you're wondering why kids don't want to stay in worship in a contemporary setting, it's because it doesn't engage them. From following a finger from word to word in a hymnal, to reciting a creed or litany, to walking forward to receive communion (or help serve it!), to placing a small sum in the offering plate, the most "traditional" elements of worship are the ones kids can latch onto the most.

For Fun ...

Are you a bookworm? Just can't bring yourself to get rid of the tomes that are taking up your shelves? Check out these pieces of furniture made from books!

For thought ...

  • How are your kids engaged in worship? Are they allowed in worship at all? 

  • What "kids" activities do you love? 

  • What was your favorite book to read as a child?