Advent Daily: Practical Strategies for Empowered Parenting
December 11, 2016
Days11: Saving Sunday
For many faiths and cultures, there is still one day kept sacred. This may be Saturday or Sunday, depending on your beliefs, and the tradition is that this day is reserved for God, if you will, and in turn, for family. This is a day marked for worship and rest from the activity of the rest of the week. I had a classmate in high school whose family maintained this observation. I remember thinking that it was too bad that she had to get her homework done on Friday night and Saturday often leading to her missing out on the typical high school weekend festivities, but, come Sunday, when I was stressing about getting it all done, I envied the fact that she was not. She was going to church and enjoying time with family, and doing nothing else.
Personally, I do not know too many folks who observe a day of rest for the sake of attending church services, or spending time with family. This is too bad, really. Even if going to church isn't something a family does together, might it still be of benefit to observe a day of rest as a family? I say "Absolutely!" Give your self and your children permission to do so.
For many of us who work and have families, it is difficult to imagine how we can make this happen. I don't know about you, but my weekends are filled with laundry, housecleaning, the kids' activities, and, of course, social engagements. So, maybe a whole day is a tall order! How about a few hours?
Try it! Decide to reserve and preserve 3- 5 hours each Sunday for rest and/or family time. Being screen-free for that time would be a great place to start! Maybe enjoy family game time. Try to work your chores around this time. Make it sacred. And cap it off with a family dinner! I am positive that this will become a cherished and anticipated event each week.
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