Parents, Jump Start Your Prayer Life
By: Lindsey Kettner, Relevant Radio®
Originally published on 3/14/16
As a parent, you spend so much time doing everything for your kids. You’re responsible for their spiritual growth and development, but are you neglecting your own prayer life? Emily Jaminet, contributor to CatholicMom.com and co-author of Divine Mercy for Moms, joined Morning Air® to share some tips for parents to incorporate prayer into their daily lives.
“The thing about being a parent is that we are required to provide so much love and attention and role-modeling to our children, and sometimes we can be giving, giving, giving, and not receiving from the source and the well that really wants to feed us, and that’s our prayer life. Our prayer life is what is going to prevent us from burning out. Burn out is something we don’t want to do, so as a result we’ve got to reunite or desire to pray,” says Jaminet.
“Every morning when I turn on my smartphone, I make sure I have the right things coming in on my feed. I have novenas coming in on my novena apps … and the second thing I do is read the scriptures for the day. Before I start packing lunches and throwing in that load of laundry, I make sure I’ve read the scriptures and I’ve prayed the important prayers,” suggests Jaminet.
She also recommends the practice of ‘pegging your prayers’. “You train yourself to associate the certain routines that you’re already doing, such as brushing your teeth—I just say my consecration prayer to the Blessed Mother right there. It reminds me when I start brushing my teeth, I haven’t prayed to the Blessed Mother yet today. Next, when I’m in my laundry room, I have a beautiful prayer of transformation right out of the Diary of St. Faustina.”
You can also set an alarm to go off each day when you want to say a certain prayer. “I call the 3 o’clock hour my ‘reset button’. I make sure I have an alarm on my phone, it goes off and I know I’m going to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Sometimes the kids are in the car and they’ll pray with me, but I know I’m going to reset and reevaluate my day,” says Jaminet. Three in the afternoon can be a time of day when you hit a slump, so it’s a great time to evaluate your day and reset your focus and attitude.
To hear more of Jaminet’s tip for parents, click HERE and listen to the second half of this Morning Air podcast.