Next up on my intentional conversations agenda: the car.
I tend to think of driving time as my time. I chat on my phone (I know, I know, that’s bad in and of itself), I listen to the radio, I think, I pray, I watch the road and try to ignore the whining/fighting/chatter in the backset.
But not anymore. I’m not sure why this has never crossed my mind before, but when my kids are in the car, I have a captive audience. They are strapped in. And I am strapped in. And while I’m focused on the road, I also can use the opportunity to engage them in conversation.
I admit: It’s harder than I thought. I guess I’ve gotten so used to doing my own thing in the car that my kids have gotten in the habit of doing their own things. So, today, when I engaged my son in a conversation as we drove home from school, he kinda looked at me funny. Isn’t that terrible?! Poor little Joey was actually surprised that I was talking to him on our way home from school. *sigh*.
Anyway, we actually had a good conversation– about his day and his friends and even about how he prayed that Jesus would help him to stay calm and in his seat during calendar time. It was good.
I’ve decided I’m putting my cell phone in my bag when I’m driving from now on. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also distracting me from my ability to have intentional conversations with my kids.
Question for you: What do you do while you drive?