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, however, 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. As August begins, it is natural to begin thinking about scaling back the bedtime hour and wringing the most out of the last weeks of freedom before autumn, however 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. Perhaps your summer of eating sporadically will be replaced by more established mealtimes. Take advantage of these moments you have with your children to begin a new blessing at the evening meal. Along with thanksgiving for the food, each member of the family could relate one person for whom they were particularly grateful during the day. Maybe there was a particular event that occurred during the day for which your children were thankful. At bedtime, each child could be called upon to recall with a parent the best part of that child’s day, and also what was the most challenging part of the day. Then, reflect briefly on how God was present through those events. Not only is this a beautiful way to help your child be conscious of the presence of God, it’s a great way to learn more about your child’s experiences. By allowing the stewardship of your own prayer life to unfold for your children, you reveal to them that a sense of prayerfulness permeates your day, that life has more meaning and purpose when reflected upon, and that the habit of prayer, ingrained in a schedule, can be a habit retained for a lifetime.