It was by my request that mom wrote the original “Listen Up, Children!” post. In this post mom shares her most effective method of getting me and my siblings to listen and pay attention during church.
In case you missed the first post, click here to read it. I thought it was such a great idea on mom’s part and too good not to share.
Here’s what mom did: she took a piece of paper and wrote keywords on the left side of the page. She would use the verse(s) and title of the sermon to come up with the keywords. She would then give each of us kids a paper with the keywords on it and a pencil. During the sermon, any time one of the keywords was spoken we would make a tally mark.
I know it seems silly, but I have such vivid memories of mom doing this for each of us.
At a young age, it helped keep me focused on what was being said rather than distracted by what was going on around me.
As a teenager, I took notes and I loved to do so, and I truly believe I enjoyed it so much because of mom’s keyword list.
Now, as an adult, I definitely see the importance in taking notes or writing down significant phrases. I am so easily distracted so if I do not do something to keep myself focused my mind can start to wander.
My teenage siblings take notes now too, and I love seeing this.
It is not because mom or dad forced us to take notes as children, but because we were taught at an early age the importance of listening and taking notes with mom’s simple keyword list.
I doubt my mom had any clue that her simple keyword list would have as great of an impact on me as it has, but I am truly grateful for it. It is definitely something I will do for my kids someday and will recommend to everyone to use!