Children learn from their parents what an inside voice sounds like. They learn to talk instead of hit. They learn to take turns, to share, and to be loving and kind. All of those lessons start long before kindergarten.
The visiting teaching message for August is "Nurturing Families Together." One quote by President Russell M. Nelson particularly caught my attention: "The home is to be God's laboratory of love and service." The idea of the home as a laboratory was intriguing, but the idea of the home as God's laboratory was especially exciting. Home is the place where we can try out the Golden Rule. Home is where we learn that "a soft answer turneth away wrath." (Have you ever tried whispering to an angry toddler?) Home is where we come to realize the love God has for us.
|Photo: A handout, sized for 4x6 paper, with 3 copies of Russell M. Nelson's quote|
|Photo: 5 oz. beaker filled with candy|
I'm thankful for my family, and for the gospel, which strengthens family bonds.