Anyway, I tell you all that to share that I think a routine is crucial to you feeling successful this summer. Our routine doesn’t change year-round, although I do sometimes let Mondays slide as a weekend recovery day. But for the most part, our routine is our routine.
If you want to start doing devotions with your kids, this summer transition is a perfect time because it will give a little structure to your mornings. I like to do ours at breakfast while everyone is eating. They’re a captive audience and they’re quiet, right? My kids’ favorite devotionals right now are the Duck Commander devos: Duck Commander Devotions for Kids and Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids. Written by Korie Robertson and her mom (that’s Willie’s wife and mother-in-law for you non-Duck Dynasty fans), the devotions are short enough to appeal to my 6-year-old and meaty enough to appeal to my 10-year-old. I really love them because they can be digested in less time than it takes to inhale a bowl of cereal. That’s a special bonus, right?
We’ve finished DC Devos for Kids and are just starting Happy, Happy, Happy, so I’ll let you know how the kids like it. After flipping through it, I believe they are going to like it just as much as the original. The stories in Happy, Happy, Happy are longer than the devos—as many as 5-6 pages each, making them perfect for summer reading. The devos are just a two-page spread, and they are snappy and relatable with some discussion questions at the end to help kids make meaning out of the story.
I hope you can find a good devotional book your kids can look forward to reading throughout the summer. Duck Commander is a favorite, but here’s a shortlist of more of the best summer devotional books for kids:
- Duck Commander Devotions for Kids
- Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids
- Jesus Calling for Kids
- Jesus Today Devotions for Kids
- I Can Learn to Pray
- Hope for Each Day
- I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God
- Every Day is a Blessing: A Year of God’s Love
What’s your favorite family devotional book to read throughout the summer?