Did You Put Your Thinking Cap On?

I love that old saying, don’t you? Whenever I envision putting on my “thinking cap” I see mine as brown leather with fur lining and ear flaps- a kind of World War II bomber hat. I actually imagine putting it on, pulling down the ear flaps and buckling the strap beneath my chin. NOW I’m ready to begin thinking seriously about the problem I’m facing.

It might be fun to designate a “thinking cap” for each of your children. An old cast-off knit snow hat, baseball cap or fishing hat. Let each child pick out their own. If hats are in short supply around your house, consider going to the thrift store and find the wildest, most outrageous hats you can find- red sequins, peacock feathers, old men’s golf hats or funny hats with rubber ears or foam designs. Make these each child’s official “thinking cap.”

Now hang them in your homeschool room and save them for special times when the children are supposed to write a short story, develop a plan for a science fair project or perhaps facing an important math test. Now you can say, “OK- this is the time when we ALL need to do our very best thinking. I want each of you to go and get your thinking cap and put it on.” This signals that it’s time for some serious thought. In the very moment that everyone has a good laugh at how silly we each look in our “thinking caps”- it also becomes the understood agreement among all that it’s time to settle down and get serious about the project before us.

Do you have a “thinking cap?” Oh, you probably don’t need one for math tests or creative writing assignments. But perhaps you need one for times when you want to settle your soul and get before the Lord and pray or hear from Him about a situation in your life, home or school.

If you find it difficult to slow down the chaos of life and focus on the things of the Lord, consider finding a hat and designating it as your “thinking cap” for serious times of prayer. You might be surprised to find that the very physical act of putting on your “prayer cap” quiets your soul into a place where you can hear from the Lord. Open your Bible and wait before the Lord for direction and answers. He is faithful.

In Ephesians 6:17 Paul suggests that we “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

1 Thes. 5:8 says “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.”

If you’d rather think of your Bible as the “sword of the Spirit” and your “thinking cap” as your helmet of salvation- great! I just know that having a specific physical act that calms our spirit and helps us focus on hearing from the Lord is a great tool if it helps you lock out the distractions of the world around you.

Talk with your children about these verses.


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    Lisa S. said,

    Oh my word! I had completely forgotten about this phrase. LOL However, this immediately makes me remember a teacher that I had when I was very young…maybe 2nd grade or so. She would actually say this while miming the act of tying on a bonnet. It still makes me giggle. LOL But I do think this would be a brilliant idea to use with a child who struggles to focus…and I know someone that fits that bill. ;o) Thanks for the idea.

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    Sue S (RI) said,

    LOL! I also remember a teacher saying “put on your thinking caps” and as she would say this, she would put her imanginary cap on and tie it under her chin.
    This is a great idea that will definitely be implemented during our day.

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