It’s all too common in many modern households to hear sighs, grumbling, complaining and whining from children when parents give reminders of daily work responsibilities. But, before we think this is the way children have always felt about doing work or that everyone should feel work is somehow one of the punishments of life, let’s take a closer look at work and its connection to human happiness, even childhood happiness.
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We’ve had our fair share of tears before bedtime just as I’m about to turn out the light and a story from school starts pouring out. We’ve had meltdowns before school, run-ins with kids who bully, hurt feelings while scrolling social media. So I asked my children, “What statements do we say in our family that you actually believe? That work?” Here are some of the ones that have meant the most.
This Thanksgiving Day is dedicated to feeling and expressing gratitude for our blessings. Are you grateful for who you are and the roles you have?
A mother of a teenaged son who struggles with intense oppositional defiance behaviors recently told me of a great change that has happened in her life. The heart of her home is healing. This teenaged son, who opposes anything he doesn’t like (often in aggressive ways), was starting to make the mother fear for her life. After a physical and emotional collapse, this mother knew something had to change.
There are many attributes that are useful to parents as they’re raising their children during this often busy world full of attitude problems, disconnection, and every day mishaps. But nothing is so vital as patience. There is one simple skill that, if kept in mind, makes patience for parents a bit easier.
Behind the safety net of yellow signs, for the past 35 years schools and libraries have been categorized by the United States as “safe places” for children. Sadly, the majority of these “safe places” are exploiting children by spoon feeding them pornographic images, videos, and illicit sexual articles through databases that have been marketed to schools and libraries as “safe and secure.”
President Russell M. Nelson has been addressing us for years as an apostle and prophet. But did you know that the first time he spoke in General Conference was in 1968 while he was the President of the Bonneville Stake? At the women’s session of General Conference this month, he spoke of the powerful role women play in the Church and at home. In October of 1968, he spoke of the importance of fathers.