Over the years we have tried several strategies to create better reverence during our family scripture study and prayer. Some of the more successful ideas have been scripture journals, scriptures for everyone to follow along and put a sticker on each page that is completed, and an empty jar with pebbles and a possible potential of earning 3 pebbles a night depending on how reverent we were during each part of the night (dinner prayer, scripture study, and nightly prayer). It is something we are continually working to perfect in this house.
Currently the journals are losing their appeal and it is time to come up with another option. About a week ago, Dave was out of the house for the evening and I was tired from a busy day, we knelt down for prayer. The kids were wiggly, loud, and distracted. I noticed a mixing bowl sitting on the couch next to me (Rex had brought it to the living room when he was busy unloading the kitchen cupboards earlier that day). I told the girls we were going to play a game that night. They all had to kneel up for prayer and close their eyes, as soon as everyone was quiet and ready I would put that bowl on someone's head and that person would immediately begin praying, after the prayer I would take the bowl off and we would all open our eyes and guess who said the prayer. The game worked like magic. All the girls immediately were ready for prayer and excited for the new game.
The next night Dave was home for our nightly routine. The girls were quick to fill him in on our new game. We couldn't find the bowl so we had to use a metal pot. Again things worked like a charm. Dave loved the new addition to our routine. As I placed the pot on Paisley's head and she immediately began to pray, I noticed Dave out of the corner of my eye with a huge smile on his face and him trying hard to hold in his laughter.
We are about a week into this new tradition and my kids are looking forward to it and loving it!