Dr. Cindy Dormer - January 10, 2013
If you’re like me, you want your kids to fill you in on everything that goes on in their school day. But when you ask them about it, you receive little more than, “Fine.” What else can you do to get your kids to talk to you?
Here are some ideas to help conversation and communication become easier and more productive. With simple ways to help kids open up, your relationships can become better, you can be alerted to situations that need special attention, and your kids can feel confident in your love.
1. Ask Specific Questions
If your child is answering with one-word responses, it’s because you’re asking them closed questions. (Did you have fun at school today? Yes.) Try asking specific questions and carefully listening so you can know which questions to ask next. In order to do this, you need to be in on what makes up your child’s life.
Rachelle J. Christensen - November 15, 2012
Especially at this time of year, a new little child-shaped creature comes out: the "I want" creature. Learn a few ways to curb that creature and give life to one that says "I want to give."
The Case of the Christmas Advertisement
An unsuspecting parent brings the mail inside the house and tosses it on the table. An advertisement opens slowly to reveal the Christmas toys on sale in various bright and screaming colors.
“Mom, I want this! Can I have this? Oh look at this, can I ask Santa to bring me this?”
Sound familiar? How about this part—previously mentioned ad is sent on a top secret mission to the garbage can. If you wish to succeed this holiday, all advertisements must be re-routed, if you should fail you will suffer the holiday mantra “I need it! I want it!” for the remainder of the year.
In a world full of “I wants” and immediate gratification, how can we teach our children how to give?
This is the question my husband and I asked when our first child reached the toddler stage where everything new had to be had, looked at for a minute, and then tossed aside for the next novel item. We decided it was up to us to begin early teaching the art of giving.
Every year my husband’s place of employment has offered a giving tree. The tree is decorated with small ornaments and each one has a tag attached with the age of a child and what they need for Christmas. We started a family tradition to choose tags off the tree matching the age and gender of our children. Then we involve our children in the process of selecting a gift, wrapping it, and sending it on its way to another child.
Rachelle J. Christensen - November 01, 2012
Do you ever come away from Sunday School, Relief Society, or Priesthood feeling like you didn't get anything from that hour? You're not alone. The good news is this probably has more to do with you than the teacher - which means it can be remedied.
Each of us can do more to prepare ourselves to receive spiritual enlightenment. Here are my 10 tips to help anyone get more out of your Sunday meetings:
1. Read the lesson beforehand. This is important because it gives you a deeper understanding of the principles being taught. You’ll also be able to participate more readily if you’ve reviewed the lesson.
With a young family and many interruptions, sometimes it’s difficult for me to remember during the week to read the lesson and nearly impossible to do in one sitting. I’ve found that if I leave my manual out, I’m reminded to read bits and pieces throughout the week. If you can, make an effort to read the lesson for the next week after church, then you have all week to think about the principles to be taught.
2. Pray that you might be receptive and learn something to improve your life. We have been taught that when we do our part and pray with purpose, the Spirit will be with us and fill our minds with those things we need to be successful in life. The Holy Ghost is always prepared to sow seeds of learning in a fertile mind.
3. Participate in the lesson. Commenting is not the only way to participate. Make eye contact with the teacher, listen attentively and encourage your whispering friends to do the same. Volunteer to read scriptures or other materials when the teacher asks for readers.
Merrilee Boyack - October 25, 2012
It’s that time of year again! No, not the time when we grow weary of all the painful politics and would like to just detach from Facebook for a couple of weeks if we could. It’s the time to do good!
One of my favorite national holidays is coming up October 27—national Make a Difference Day. Never heard of it? Well, it’s time you did.
Started by USA Today, Make a Difference Day has been going on for 22 years. Its mission is to unite the country in doing good and to highlight good things to do. So this is the perfect year for you to participate!
In my new book, Standing Up in a Sit-Down World: Making a Difference Is Easier than You Think
, I talk about how each of us can do great good in the world: “So often we feel tired or discouraged and think that the country is sinking and there’s nothing we can do about it. Satan delights in this kind of thinking! He’s the one telling us to be discouraged and to sit down. But as our prophet has said, remarkable results come as we take small, collective steps for action.”
In fact, one of my favorite quotes is from President Hinckley where he calls us to action, “I think the Lord would say to us, 'Rise, and stand upon thy feet, and speak up for truth and goodness and decency and virtue.' ”
Kate Ensign-Lewis - October 18, 2012
You know the two people in your ward who play the organ? They could use some help. Put your piano skills to use and learn some quick tips for pinch-hitting as an organist.
If you're a pianist and a member of the LDS Church, chances are you (like me) have been asked to play the organ at some point. Most of you have probably pointed out that the instruments are different, said that you couldn't, and gone on your merry way.
One fact remains—while there are plenty pianists in the Church, we are in short supply of organists. Look at any ward: the position of organist usually rotates between three people, all of which usually have another calling, or who have been ward organist for the last 10 years. (This was the situation in my ward until six months ago when I and another pianist agreed to learn how to play.)