10 Days Without Speech and 10 Days Without Human Touch

10 Days Without Speech starts this Sunday, and I am running up against a dilemma — how can I do this well without being unfair to my boys.

I have a 1-year-old and a soon to be 3-year-old, and they aren’t exactly old enough to understand what daddy is doing (although my 3-year-old is close). How can I do this the right way? Should I have some exceptions for my boys when I see them? I’m actually not as worried about speech as I am human touch. In raising awareness for orphans around the world I don’t want to treat my sons like orphans.

Here’s what I’m thinking, and I’d like to know what you think as well.

1. 10 Days Without Speech — don’t talk for 10 days except for bedtime. I can still pray and read a story to my boys (our tradition!) :) This means I still can’t talk at work, at the grocery store, at our small group, at restaurants, etc…

2. 10 Days Without Human Touch — no touch for 10 days except for bedtime and when I leave for work in the morning. (my son always wants to give me a kiss and a hug before I leave)

What do you think? Do you have any other ideas? You may comment below…

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