Thursday, June 30, 2011

Children's Roles and Responsibilities

This is such a beautiful quote, I have it framed on the wall of my dining room :)
Elder M. Russell Ballard:
" What can children, even young children do? Now, you children, please listen to me because there are some simple things you can do to help your mother.
You can pick up your toys when you are finished playing with them, and when you get a little older, you can make your bed, help with the dishes, and do other chores- without being asked.
You can say thank you more often when you finish a nice meal, when a story is read to you at bedtime, or when clean clothes are put in your drawers.
Most of all, you can put your arms around your mother often and tell her you love her. "

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

FHE packets

One of the things I will be offering on this blog is family home evening packets, all focusing on the things that the prophets and scriptures have taught us to teach our children. While studying what it was I was supposed to teach my children, I came across so many quotes and scriptures that gave specific topics of things that parents are responsible for teaching their children. I will include the list here, but I will be working on fhe packets that I will charge a small fee and will mail them to you ( you choose what you want etc) and it will include an entire family home evening on that topic. We can all work together to fulfill our duties as righteous parents in Zion. Here is the list of the specific topics I have found so far that the prophets and scriptures have mentioned. It's long so be prepared!!!
- The Plan of Salvation
- The Life and Teachings of Jesus
- Repentance
- Prayer
- Fasting
- The Word of Wisdom
- The Lord's standard of morality
- The Meaning of the Sacrament
- Tithing
- Gratitude
- Honesty
- Reverence for God and respect for His creations
- Preparing for baptism, priesthood ordination, or marriage
- Preparing to enter the Temple
- Reading the Scriptures
- Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy
- Forgiving Others
- Gaining and Sharing a testimony
- Sharing the Gospel with others
- Compiling Family Histories
- Understanding and Accepting death
- Solving Family problems
- Managing family finances
- Sharing family household work
- Appreciating and enjoying music
- Journaling
Along with these topics I will also be starting a FHE packet line that has to do with character traits and qualities at a later date. :)

Making your Home a Haven

This has always been one of my goals as a mother and wife. What better way then to show your family you adore them, then to create a place where they can be safe from the world. Now, I am not the world's best housekeeper. Because of chronic pain issues and just plain laziness I have had a messy house before! But this post is not about keeping your home clean. It is about keeping your home a haven, by always having the Spirit there. One of my absolute favorite books in the entire world, " 250 Ways to Connect with your Family " by Melodie Webb ( I WILL interview her someday, I just know it!!!) suggests so many ways throughout the entire book on how to make your home a haven. There is an entire chapter in it dedicated to making your home a sacred place. Let's think about that for a minute. There are so many ways to word how I want my home to be, how I want it to feel. Home is a haven. Home can be a Heaven on earth. A Sacred place. When I think of home as a haven, I think comfort, safety, and peace. I think lots of books, blankets, and candles. Soft church music or classical music playing. Strong walls to keep the world out. Look around at how you have your home decorated. Are there pictures of the Savior throughout your house? What about temples? This is actually a lead in post, because it will become one of the "topics" that we discuss here on LDS Parenting. I want your opinions and we will be posting many more things on this topic. How to achieve this goal. I know Im constantly still working on it. But here is just some food for thought. What do the words "haven" and "sacred" mean to you, as they apply to your own personal home ?