Why all this talk about your prayer life on a website about Catholic homeschooling? Well, I firmly believe that if you are going to be able to homeschool and keep up with all of the other things that you have to do, then you will need to have a pretty strong connection with God.
Not sure how to fit prayer time, both personal and family, into your already busy schedule? "A Plan for Joy in the Home" has a whole chapter dedicated to getting your prayer life in order and in a way that will work for you.
We can benefit so much from spending time in prayer. Our God cannot be outdone in generosity, so the more time you give Him in prayer, the more He will give back to you in grace and in many other ways. I have found that the more faithful that I am to my prayer routine, the more able I am to get everything done that I need to get done.
The most important thing we can do is to begin our day with some quiet time with the Lord. I know with babies and toddlers that this isn't always possible, but squeeze it in when you can! We should rise promptly and begin with our Morning Offering so that we consecrate the entire day to the Lord. We might also spend time meditating on a Scripture passage or on a section of a good spiritual book we are reading.
Here are three of my favorites that I like to use during morning prayer time.
We should then really make a concerted effort to get to daily Mass. That might seem like quite an undertaking to you. If it does, start slowly by going one or two days a week. Once you begin to go to Mass more often, you will realize how much it means to your day. You will feel the graces that it brings to your life. You will become hooked!
A solid prayer routine really is the foundation of a solid Catholic homeschool. You will benefit from it and so will those around you. When things seem as if they are getting out of hand and you want to scream, retreat for a few moments into prayer. It will really calm you down and get you back on track.
Don't just consider personal prayer - include the whole family! The family rosary as well as doing things like going to Mass or Adoration together really have a positive impact on your family. I know it might not seem like it if you have a lot of little kids and all you are doing is fighting with them to sit still or be quiet, but trust me, the fruits are there; it just may take you awhile to see them!