As a parent you want so much for your children. You want them to be happy, healthy, and well adjusted (plus about a million other details!). A great challenge of parenting is finding the things WORK for your family and, more specifically, your child. I decided I want to be more aware of not only where we want to be headed, but what strategies we are having success with.
This brings up another challenge of parenting. What motivates one child might have absolutely no affect on another. Even more confusing, what works today might be an absolute flop only a short time later. Kids are crazy like that! Because of this, we need to constantly be on our parenting game, looking for winning strategies. I certainly have a tendency to slack off or switch to cruise control if there aren't any major hiccups.
Each morning we read the Book of Mormon before we go to school. This often consists of me reading half a dozen verses as the kids put on their coats and backpacks. Not ideal. Especially for our 2 youngest. Not only can they not read on their own, but they don't usually understand what we are reading about. Although it is not sounding like it, this brings us to what is working well today.
SCRIPTURE STUDY WITH THE YOUNGER KIDDOS: Twice a week we go to school early so Elise can attend orchestra. By putting the Book of Mormon Reader in the pocket behind my seat, we are able to read the stories from the BofM. We have already been through the book once this year by reading only twice a week! One thing that is making it even better is when I figured out I should have Gabe or Seth (our big boys) read the stories to J&J (the littles). Both of the older boys read the BofM on their own, but this way they are relearning the stories and the lessons that are sometimes hard to glean.
The Book of Mormon Reader is fabulous. If you don't have it, you should get one today! Until the, you can find a link to the online version HERE.
The scriptures are so important. It is how God speaks to us. I hope that I can help my children become familiar with them so they can be strong in the Faith. So we will keep having the older kids read the BofM Reader to the younger kids for as long as it is Working Well.