.... should, in infancy, become accustomed to her mother's hands wrapped around her rosary beads.
.... should learn from his Mother on Earth how much she and her Mother in Heaven love him.
.... should know the blend of Mommy and Daddy's voices together in prayer.
.... should grow up with the melody of the prayers of the rosary singing a tune in his head.
.... should expect the daily rythm to include the family rosary, as naturally as he expects mealtime and chores.
.... should know that games, and books, and even television can wait for twenty minutes.
.... should know the peg or basket where the rosaries are stored ~ and the crucifix and/or statues where everyone kneels to pray.
.... should learn to respect the family's conversation with Mary, by sitting quietly holding her beads or looking at her rosary book until she knows she is a big girl, and can kneel to pray like Mommy and Daddy.
.... should know that talking to God often includes smiling, and sometimes includes laughing.
.... should clap and praise with everyone else when the newest sibling gets to add his Ave to the decades for the first time.
.... should know that she is safe to repeat the prayers whenever she is ready, without correction or criticism.
.... should learn to properly pronounce the words of the prayers and correctly manipulate his beads because he wants to be like Mommy and Daddy and his big brothers and sisters ~ and practice makes perfect!
.... should look forward to rosary time every night as family time, often followed by conversation, stories and/or music.
.... should rejoice at a new rosary or rosary case (especially handmade!) as a most favored gift on birthdays and holidays.
.... should long for the sound of any family member's voice missing at rosary time.
.... should feel that something is missing if she's gone to bed and not said the rosary that day.
.... should purposefully be given the gift of the happiness, comfort, and graces of the rosary by his family, and not as an accident of his Catholic heritage.