Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Raising Active Children

I just found this article that I wrote a long time ago about our experiences of raising our children. Home computers were fairly new, so we had a new option for our children's time to cope with. It really took effort to encourage our children to lead active lives instead of just sitting at the computer or playing video games. Hope our experiences are a help to you.

Our children were always busy doing something. I have been asking myself why they didn’t just sit in front of the TV or computer all day.  I think the major reason was our family policy. Watching TV or playing on the computer were considered rewards, not rights. Play time was earned.

Though I’ll admit it was tempting, especially since I was often ill,  to consider using the TV as a babysitter to keep the children quiet and passive, we didn’t. TV was mainly limited to an hour or two in the evenings. As parents we were conscious of our example, so we didn’t just turn on the TV every spare moment to amuse ourselves or just keep us company.

We tried also to set an example of spending our time doing good things, and included our children in these projects. Our children helped rewire the house, learned to cook, washed cars,  planted gardens, and picked fruit. Besides projects, we provided regular work for them to do. We divided the upkeep of the house and yard and made assignments according to ability. Even toddlers were given small jobs to do.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Decorations Meanings

Just a day before Christmas I had a strange visitor. This is how it happened . . .

I had just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door of the front room, and to my surprise, Santa Claus himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.

He placed his fingers over his lips so I would not cry out. “What are. you doing...” I started to ask, but the words choked up in my throat as I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly, manner was gone...gone was the eager boisterous soul we all knew.

He then answered me with a simple statement of “Teach the Children.” I was puzzled. What did he mean. He anticipated my question and with one quick movement brought a miniature toy bag from behind the tree.

My Favorite Christmas Story

Trouble at the Inn   
By Dina Donohue

For years now, whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town in the Midwest, someone is sure to mention the name of Wallace Purling.  Wally’s performance in one annual production of the Nativity play has slipped into the realm of legend.  But the old-timers who were in the audience that night never tire of recalling exactly what happened.

Wally was nine that year and in the second grade, though he should have been in the fourth.  Most people in town knew that he had difficulty in keeping up.  He was big and clumsy, slow in movement and mind.  Still, Wally was well liked by the other children in his class, all of whom were smaller than he, though the boys had trouble hiding their irritation when the uncoordinated Wally would ask to play ball with them.

Most often they’d find a way to keep him off the field, but Wally would hang around anyway-- not sulking, just hoping.  He was always a helpful boy, a willing and smiling one, and the natural protector, paradoxically, of the underdog.  Sometimes if the older boys chased the younger ones away, it would always be Wally who’d say, “Can’t they stay?  They’re no bother.”

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wexford Carol by Mormon Tabernacle Choir

This music video makes me think about why Christmas is so important to me. Christ gives us hope - hope that we can change, be with our families always, and return and live with our Heavenly Father. 
This video refers to many of our Savior's parables. See this page for explanation and see if you can find them.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas Resources.

Here are other wonderful Christmas stories, videos, pictures, and music.

Here are some of my Christmas poems.

On this blog you can click on the "Christmas" label on the right side of the page or go here:

Hope you enjoy them. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Morman Tabernacle Choir -- Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

I was very touched by this 2015 Mormon Tabernacle video.  It shows the hope the Savior gives to us. Though I've never been in a physical prison, I feel that wrong choices can confine us in mental prisons even more limiting. I am so grateful to be able to learn form my mistakes, to apologize, to start over. I don't think I could continue if I felt I could not improve. After a day of saying and doing the wrong things, my life is a tangled mess. The discouraging thing is that I really am trying. This is the best I can do. I am trying to learn from my experience, but I don't know how to straighten out all my learning mistakes. I don't have the power to give myself a new start. Our Savior's love, strength, and sacrifice makes it so that I can look forward each day with hope -- the hope that I can become a better person.