Quiet Time Ideas for Families with Young Children

These are some simple suggestions for parents of young children to use as they wake their children in the morning, or even as quiet times during the day throughout the week. I wrote these for families in my own church. Anyone is welcome to use them in their family or church.

The ideas might not work for every child or every family, but they provide one way to give a gentle nudge to wake up, or simply pause throughout the day. They can be used any day of the week or everyday. They can even be used during the day! The point is to create meaningful, precious, silly, heartfelt times of connection with your child.

Monday- This is a wake up chant which a parent can use on those typically hard to wake Monday mornings:

“It’s Monday, it’s Monday, and I will love you all day. So rise up, and stretch out, or you have something to giggle about. It’s Monday, it’s Monday, and God will love you all day. Jesus rose up from the grave and that is something to praise him about.”

Then, take a moment to pray with your child and remind her of your love and care for her.

Tuesday- This song is sung to the tune “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.”

“Oh I think I hear a squirming little one. Oh I think I hear a squirming little one. As the sun begins to rise, I look deeply in your eyes and remind you of my love, little one. Jesus made you like you are, little one. Jesus made you in his Image, little one. As the sun begins to rise, I look deeply in your eyes and remind you of God’s love, little one.”

Then, take a moment to pray with your child and remind her of your love and care for her.

Wednesday- Song sung to the tune, “Mary had a little lamb.”

“Our Father had a great idea, great idea, great idea! Our Father had a great idea and it included you! God made you just the way you are, way you are, way you are. God made you just the way you are and he said it was good! Even though sin makes him sad, makes him sad, makes him said. Even though sin makes him sad, he sent Jesus to help. Then Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again. Then Jesus took all our sins and washed them all away!”

Then, take a moment to pray with your child and remind her of your love and care for her.

Thursday- Sing or say, “Oh my child (or child’s name) is so special, she (or he) really is to me. Oh I love to hug her everyday and help her really see that Jesus really loves her and has a plan for her. So open up your eyes right now and we will get to pray.”

Then, take a moment to pray with your child and remind her of your love and care for her.

Friday- A rhyme which a parent can either sing or say to the child:

“Wiggle, Wiggle, where are your toes? If you smile I’ll kiss your nose! Snuggle up right next to me. Let’s pray right now like busy bees.”

Then, take a moment to pray with your child and remind her of your love and care for her.

Saturday- Gently and quietly sit by your child as she wakes. Simply listen and be with her, hearing her concerns as she wakes for the day. Then, take a moment to pray with your child and remind her of your love and care for her.

Sunday- These lyrics may be sung to the popular children’s tune, “Skip to my Lou.” The kids learned the song at church and it may be adapted as a cheerful wake up routine to prepare for a day of community worship. After singing it with your child, take a moment to pray with her and remind her of your love and care for her.

Praise to the Father!
Praise to the Son!

Praise to the Spirit!
The Three in One!

Praise to the Lord God
for all He’s done!
Praise to His name this morning!

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