My sister-in-law discounts other people's opinions, especially mine, and lauds her opinions as the final word on any subject whether she has any background or information on it. She also demands that the rest of the family do what she wants or raises an emotional ruckus. Then later launches a diatribe, "You wouldn't even do --- that I asked you." This has been ongoing all the 40-plus years I have been married.
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The Joseph and Lucy Smith family history is rich with stories where this cohesive relationship was extremely self-sacrificing and binding. When one person struggled, all struggled with them. They were a very unified family, which allowed them to accomplish all that continues to influence millions for good today.
In our day, helping youth remember who they are is vital. Youth are getting sucked into a cycle of instant gratification and messages of “you’re not enough” every time they log onto social media. How can we help? Reminding them of their past is a sure-fire way for them to overcome the hardships life throws at them. Why? Because their ancestors did. Here are some practical and meaningful ways to help your kids feel connected to who they really are.
As two people from different backgrounds come together in a marriage, they may have different habits, routines, perspectives, and opinions. Parenting as a team means discussing differences and creating a united front. Here is a video with suggestions of how to achieve this sometimes difficult harmony.
You’ve seen them driving those BMWs (big Mormon wagons) or posting on Facebook about how many gallons of milk their family goes through in week (or even in a day). They are those sometimes admired, sometimes ridiculed, Mormon moms with a BUNCH of kids. I guess I fall into this category although I never dreamed I would.