Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Plan - Month 1

A while back I mentioned the "Grand Family Plan" that I've been swirling around in my brain.  We started using it in January and I'm really enjoying it. 

Part of the plan is being more purposeful in what we are doing.  We skimmed back everything!  Haven't even missed gymnastics once!  The opportunity to be home and take the time to teach our kids and just be with them and soak in everything about them at this age learning and growing was exactly what we were missing. 

One of the tools that I have been using is this book:

Inside there are 12 values to teach your children.  Month 1 for us was Honesty.  It has teaching tools and ideas inside that made this perfect and easy to add to our family home evenings.  I read a quote during the month from Gordon B. Hinckley from the book Standing for Something, a book I love and have read several times over the last 10 years.  Anyway, it basically said, "where there is honesty other virtues will follow". 

Month 2 (February) will be courage.  I am so excited.  I just felt in our busy lives it wasn't enough to just hope that our children caught our examples of how to live by watching us and hope that primary filled in the missing links.   With all the extracurriculer things families have children spend more time with other adults than their parents. 

The other book I have been supplementing with is the book 52 Weeks of Fun Family Service.  One week honesty, next week service, etc.  The fun thing is I have noticed my kids talk about being honest with eachother as the weeks have progressed.  Something must be sinking in!

You can get these books from Amazon by clicking on the icons on the right hand side of the page! 

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