I am prepared to be blasted for this one. I converted to Catholicism after I met my husband. I grew up in a family that prayed frequently, but our prayers were off the cuff... completely from our hearts and minds.
I am having such a difficult time right now, as my 8 year old is getting ready for first communion, teaching them prayers that they have to memorize and have no significant meaning to them. There is no way an 8 year old can understand what they are saying when they say Act of Contrition or the rosary.
I pray the rosary often as an adult and I do it when I need to be calm about something. The repetition is comforting. I also pray the rosary in groups - I believe that anytime a group gets together in prayer, it can be an incredible thing.
I guess I'm just torn right now... teaching my kids these prayers is important, but teaching them to pray from their hearts and souls is even more important to me.