- Set a regular time for Home Lessons and don’t let anything short of an emergency get in the way. If you were doing the traditional Wednesday night parish program, you would be there when scheduled. Just treat your Home Lesson time with the same commitment.
- Work with your family to decide on this time together and make sure everyone has input. It will help everyone take ownership of this time if you make the commitment together.
- Actually write the dates on your calendar. It makes it seem more official.
- Resolve to not answer the phone or the doorbell, and even family members who are not of Family Formation age should be able to do without the television for this one hour each week.
And once you’ve minimized the physical distractions, it’s also helpful to work on the mental distractions. Establish some traditions that will help your family transition out of “home time” and into “lesson time.”
- For example, you may want to start each Home Lesson time with a few praise songs and end with dessert.
- You may want to start with a prayer asking for God’s blessing as you learn together and end with another one thanking Him for the time together.
- I know of several families who mark their lesson time by lighting a candle on their prayer table and blowing it out when they’re done. These bookend traditions are good ways to set boundaries and minimize anyone asking “are we done yet?”
No matter what your pattern, establishing traditions and being consistent are guaranteed ways to make your Home Lesson time more effective and peaceful.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,I have kept the faith.2 Timothy 4:7