I'm a huge proponent of NOT making kids sit still with their hands folded primly in their laps during services. This is not something to "suffer through" to get to the other side. Bring a book. Stand up in the back for awhile. Use these strategies.
Our last family education in this year's series, "Living Judaism at Home," focused on Shabbat. We welcome Shabbat each week at our family Shabbat service at the end of Shoresh, but this program allowed families to learn about family traditions connected to Shabbat and how to make space for Shabbat in their weekends.
Parents learned about the National Day of Unplugging with Rabbi Reeves. The National Day of Unplugging is 24 hours to carve out time to unplug from our devices and relax, unwind, and connect with others.
59 people at the 2017 family retreat came together at OSRUI in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin to "Do Jewish on Jewish Time"—this year's theme. We had over 20 giggly kids and their parents shouting suggestions for our fun introductory improv activity, in which Rabbi Reeves, Cantor Berger, and beloved Shoresh teacher Shari Granat demonstrated that even lunchtime for 8th grade dinosaurs can be Jewish time.