What parent of teens has not heard the question “Why do I have to go to Mutual tonight?” The question is really a very good one that provides an opportunity for all of us—youth, parents, and leaders—to understand the purpose not just of Mutual activity night but of many meetings we attend at church.
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Parenting is tough. We are forced to make a stream of wise and compassionate decisions while trying to manage all the craziness of life. Take, for example, the frantic mother who was trying to mount a festive birthday party. She was so busy, she hardly noticed that 5-year-old Hannah was approaching disaster.
As you teach your children to abstain from masturbation, you need to have a clear understanding about why it’s something that should be avoided. Your children will have questions about why it’s banned. As a parent, you have to be prepared with good answers, flexibility, and plenty of loving encouragement.
Four kids in five years. That’s how my family came. But not one at a time—the two youngest were twins. Now they range in age from 12 to 6. But in those early years, I gave all I had to my family all day (and then all night). I was glad to be able to stay at home and raise my kiddos, except something was wrong. I was not happy.
Here’s how to train your kids to make great spouses.
As I’ve studied the doctrine behind adoption, I’ve come to realize that God doesn’t distinguish between biological and adopted children. In the light of the gospel, we’re all brothers and sisters who have been given stewardship over our other brothers and sisters, in order to learn how to become heavenly parents ourselves.