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One of the biggest questions parents have right now is what kind of routine their children will have as they contemplate a new school year during COVID-19. One thing is for sure – autumn brings back a routine, a sense of order and a discipline that summer lacks. Christian stewards can take advantage of this “new routine” to integrate prayer more deeply into their children’s lives.

With August upon us, it is natural to begin thinking about scaling back the bedtime hour and squeezing out the most of the last weeks of freedom before autumn. Remember, we determine what the beginning of the school year will look like. Make a plan now to take advantage of this “new” school year and incorporate aspects of prayer and a heightened awareness of God into your children’s new schedule.

For example, evaluate your morning routine. That short morning “journey” can be a great time for a shared morning prayer. Even a walk together can be a time to pause and ask God to bless our day.