Ok….so this post is dedicated to our friends that showed us this trick….and we are so grateful for their great idea. It worked for us (I’m still surprised myself), and I hope it works for you too! Thanks Wood Family
Ok so last year at this time we embarked with a new year’s resolution that honestly I didn’t think we would be able to keep up….how’s that for a resolution! This resolution was to read scriptures every day as a family….not a whole chapter, not even a whole ten verses, just at least one verse. We just wanted to make family scripture study a habit, whether it was one verse or 20. We had tried in the past to make this a habit with no real success or consistency. BUT WE DID IT THIS YEAR! We missed only 2 days! That’s not to say that there wasn’t fighting and wrestling and rough housing and crying on some or all of those days; but that’s the beauty of it, that’s just how it is, for us at least…heavens…my kids are 7, 6, 5, and 3. Let’s be honest, it’s like herding cats. If we can do this, ANYONE can do this, trust me.
SECRETS TO OUR SUCCESS (isn’t that an 80′s movie?): There are definitely secrets, but they are “EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY”, as my kids would say.
- BE ACCOUNTABLE: This is the BEST SECRET of them all, I tell ya…use one page CALENDAR CHART that represents the whole year!!!!!! Dave and I said so many times throughout the year that just the thought that we were going to have a gap on our reading chart was enough to muster up the umph to read each night, and how we didn’t anticipate that we would be motivated by that, but it worked.
- USE COLORED STICKERS & make it a game: This was also a main key for us. The child that was the most well-behaved got to choose the sticker for the chart that night. This was a major motivator for our kids.
- CHOOSE THE SAME TIME EACH DAY TO READ: For us, the time of day we chose wasn’t exactly at a specific specific time, but right before bed which was around the same time each night. If you can choose the same time each day that works best for your family, you are really setting yourselves up for success.
- KEEP YOUR EXPECTATIONS LOW: Ok this is one of those times that low expectations are GREAT. The kids are going to be rowdy, mean, ornery, and not want to do it at times…hang in there :). There should be a level of respect while reading, from my point of view, but it’s not going to be perfect. Sometimes the best things are HARD, until it’s a habit. Just tonight as we were reading, the younger two got into trouble because they were being too loud, it happens still, but at least we are reading, right!
WHY WE’VE MADE IT A PRIORITY?
Boyd K. Packer, in a talk titled, Counsel to Youth (can be found there), said, “I say again that youth today are being raised in enemy territory with a declining standard of morality.” This is so true. I believe that a loving Father in Heaven communicates to his children through prayer & scripture. I want my kids to have this open communication with their Savior. I know without a doubt that learning to be more like God will help them more in their lives than learning to be like any other person they could model themselves after. Since my job as a parent is to equip my children with the best tools possible for success, this is top priority.
(the thing that worked best for us is to print this out, front and back, on a piece of white card stock and laminate)
DOWNLOAD FRONT (8.5″x 11″): HERE
DOWNLOAD BACK: (8.5x 11″): HERE
DOWNLOAD FRONT (16X20″ POSTER): HERE
DOWNLOAD FRONT (20X24″ POSTER): HERE