4 Moms Q & A: Only Littles, Bible Reading Attitudes and Read Aloud Interuptions

moms of many manageToday the 4 Moms of Many are answering your questions.

Brianah asked this question on FB. It’s one that gets asked  frequently so probably deserves some more publicity,  “What did your day look like when you had all littles?

Our first 8 children are all between 14 and 18 months apart, so by the time we had our 4th baby our oldest was 3 1/2. I wrote a whole post on this topic, Home with All Littles, including our daily schedule and some tips for how we managed Bible teaching and beginning homeschooling.

Crystal asked about our children’s Daily Bible Reading, “Do your children enjoy doing this much Bible reading?

The short answer to this is, yes. Of course there are times that I’m sure they would prefer to head outside and play rather than read, but Bible reading is part of their (and our) lives and has been since they were born.

When Mark and I decided that we wanted to read through the Bible in 90 days we were not planning on the children doing it. However, they all wanted to take the challenge.

This year they had the option of reading through in 6 months or continuing to read through every 90 days, everyone who was allowed (we didn’t give the slower readers the 90 day option) wanted to continue with the 90 day plan.

We actually have less trouble getting them to read their Bibles than we do getting them to make their beds.

Crystal continues, “When they complain about it, how do you address that?”

We honestly haven’t had any (?) complaints, at least I can’t remember any.

I think that there are two things that contribute to our children’s attitude about Bible reading. 1). God has changed their hearts. They love Him and honestly desire to spend time in His Word. 2). For the most part we have our children’s hearts, they love us and desire to please us.

Bible reading is a family affair. Most mornings our whole family is out in the family room, snuggled up in blankets with our Bibles reading quietly. The little ones alternately snuggle, give kisses, play quietly with toys and ‘read’ their Bibles. Colby (5) frequently asks when he will be old enough to have and read his own Bible just like the big kids.

After reading the post on teaching grammar Kirsten said, “I’m wondering how you handle interruptions during read aloud times? Do you pause your read aloud to answer any and all questions that one or more of your children may have about the topic you are studying?

Yes and No. :)  I try to keep a balance on stopping during read aloud time. Often it’s beneficial to stop and discuss different aspects of what we are reading and sometimes it just interrupts the flow of the story.

It’s a delicate balance because we want our children to understand and think deeply about what they are hearing, but when you have more than one child, it can be frustrating to keep stopping to answer questions.

The way that we balance this is that we stop after each chapter and give our kids the opportunity to discuss what we’ve read. If someone asks a question that requires research or looking up, I have them to use that topic as their writing assignment for the day.

Also visit the other moms of many to read their thoughts and ideas:
Smockity Frocks
Life in a Shoe
The Common Room

To learn more about the 4 Moms of Many including a list of all previous topics visit the  4 Moms page.

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7 Responses to 4 Moms Q & A: Only Littles, Bible Reading Attitudes and Read Aloud Interuptions
  1. Hilary
    January 26, 2012 | 11:40 am

    I have a follow up question to the life with all littles question. At what ages have you noticed things really begin to get easier–or at least the house looks neater! And have you noticed a difference in the families that have boys for the oldest ones rather than girls? Thanks so much for all the time you give us moms of littles out here :)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Hilary,

    I noticed a big difference when my oldest reached age 5 (5 kids), not that life was a lot easier or that the house was neater because we continued to add babies (and our 5th had some medical concerns), but at age 5 the scales tip and a child provides more help than they require.

    By the time our oldest was 8 (7 kids) things were a lot easier and the house was cleaner, but I felt that the change started when our oldest reached 5 at that point it began to get easier, by 8 it was drastically easier.

    Another huge “easier” step was when our oldest turned 12 and was able to stay home alone for short periods of time. Oh MY!

    In my experience, boys are a little slower at achieving the “mom definition” of helpful. Although that may be different if the boy is the oldest. My oldest girl tends to be better at seeing what needs to be done and doing it than my second girl. So some of that may be birth order and what we expect of them. ;)

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    Emily Reply:

    My oldest son is currently 9. He is super helpful!!! Then I have 5, 5 and under. So I am very thankful for him!

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  2. Dawn (Large Family Mom)
    January 26, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    This is just a thank you comment. My 17 yr old daughter and I are on our 2nd round of the 90 day Bible, but I hadn’t had anybody younger doing it.
    So when my 12 yr old literally begged me to do it, I thought about your family and how your younger ones do it too. SO I said yes, and she has been loving it!!
    Thanks for that little nudge to encourage them to go a bit out of their comfort zone!!

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  3. Beth
    January 27, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    I just came across your blog and am truly inspired by you and plan to start this 90 day Bible reading challenge with my family. Thank you for blessing others with your example!

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  4. Sarah
    January 31, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Great blog. I love how the Word is such a large part of your family’s life. I read a great ebook called “Discipline in Love, Biblical Principles for Parents” (in Amazon) and would love to know what you think about biblical discipline with children.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Here is a post on discipline and one on instruction. Hope that is helpful.

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