Calling all dads out there! Family Formation can be a great way to spend time with your kids doing what is important, teaching them the faith while at the same time being a good dad. I know it is hard to teach sometimes, but I figured a few tips might make doing the lessons easier. So, here are some ideas to help you out:
1. Prepare the crafts and cutting ahead of time if you have little children. Trust me on this. You will know what you are doing and you won’t get frustrated gathering materials last-minute, plus you will be free to help them if they need assistance. Lastly, you have a greater chance of enjoying the lesson if you are relaxed and know what comes next.
2. Lead prayer but have one child pick a prayer they want to say after your prayer. Next Family Formation the other child gets to lead…make it a point of honor for them, something to look forward to.
3. If there is a lot of reading and you have little ones take breaks and do quizzes, or songs, or read to them while they do the craft/activity.
4. If they already know the story and facts of the lesson, allow them to show off what they know, question them on the finer points, and fill in the gaps of their knowledge. Don’t worry if the lesson goes by too quick. If they already know it, fine, they know it, BUT make sure they really do know it instead of just taking their word for it. Chances are there is always something that needs to be clarified and they won’t know the content of every lesson.
5. Have fun. Concentrate on your children and what you are doing together instead of crossing this off of your to do list and focusing on what else needs to be done that day. Remember when just hanging out with your dad was fun? 🙂 Never forgot that your kids feel the same way. Some day you will miss this time you have with your children. Make the most of it today.
Yours in Christ,