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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Building a Strong Family

If you're a reader of my blog, then you've read this post before. I wanted to bring it back though. Especially for Works for Me Wednesday. Rocks in My Dryer hosts a wonderful carnival that gathers hundreds of bloggers that share what works for them. This week I want to share what works for us on building a strong family.

Remember the days when families used to sit together as a family for dinner. Talk about their days and bring laughter into their lives. Our society has cut this out of their lives and it's sad. It's sad that families are so busy that they don't stop to appreciate what God has given them. A beautiful family that should be providing each other with unconditional love.

Bringing families close and together is a very important thing to the Mormon church, as it is to most religions. We implement something into our homes that strengthens our families and all it takes is one night a week.

It's called Family Home Evening. Monday nights, the majority of the members of the church are gathered together in their homes strengthening the bonds that God has given us with our families. It's a date and time that's a guarantee in each of our homes that we will be together as a family, without media, without stresses, just us, God and the ones we love.

The way Family Home Evening is typically organized is as follows:

Opening Prayer
Sing a church song together
Quick lesson on any of these topics
Family Activity
Special Treat
Closing Song
Closing Prayer

You don't have to be a member of the Mormon church to practice this. You don't have to even give lessons or sing songs. Just having a set day a week to do some family activity together will do amazing things. Even if it's just playing a board game and eating some ice cream afterwards.

Family Home Evening is a great time to discuss anything that needs to be discussed as a family. You can use this time to discuss weekly meal plans and chores, and go over the family's weekly calendar. But the main thing is it's important that you're consistent, and you always end it with a fun activity and treat.

The last time that I posted this post I had a reader contact me to tell me that she's not Mormon, but she absolutely loved this and implemented it into her family, and they all loved it. I feel so wonderful that her kids will have beautiful memories of their childhood, because she read this post from me.

I hope that I get some of you out there to join in with me. I'll try to update every Monday with what we have planned. On my Topics that I Discuss on my sidebar, FHE stands for Family Home Evening. If you have ideas for great lesson ideas or activities, or even a yummy treat recipe you'd like to share please leave a comment and share it. Remember, you don't have to be Mormon to have a Family Home Evening.

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Blogger Carolina Mama said...

We practice this even though we are Protestant and read the Bible. God has blessed the family unit. Thanks for sharing your evenings with us.

January 7, 2009 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Mordecai said...

I agree! I think that Family Home Evening can be beneficial for all families. We all need to spend more time together

January 7, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Blue Castle said...

This is a really neat idea. Thank you for sharing. :)

January 7, 2009 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Wani said...

This sounds like such a nice tradition to start. Thanks for sharing!

January 7, 2009 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

We have recently decided to take back Sundays. Which means we try to keep the day for going to church, coming home for a family lunch, and spending the day together. We are no longer making appointments, going shopping, or making any plans for Sundays.

Just the way it should be!


January 7, 2009 at 3:21 PM  

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