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I dug into my files once again and found a Family Home Evening to help you teach your children responsibility and the value of work. Hopefully this can help you teach them the important role they have in creating a happy and peaceful family.
Responsibility: Teaching our children the value of work.
To teach our children the value of work and the important role they play in creating a happy and peaceful atmosphere in the home.
Picture of Spencer W. Kimball, GAK 517 (for optional activity)
Before FHE, create a “mess” in the room where you will be holding FHE (i.e. laundry basket with clothes to be folded sitting in middle of the room, random toys on the floor, books/magazines out of place, jackets and shoes piled on the floor.) The idea is that you want it to look like an obvious mess, but be something the family can work together to quickly clean up.
(Choose one or two that best fits your family.)
(Choose a song that best fits your family.)
Saturday - CS 196
When We’re Helping - CS 196
Put Your Shoulder - 252
Have I Done Any Good - 223
After singing the opening song and having a prayer, ask the family if they notice anything wrong in the room. Ask a series of questions such as:
Why is the room a mess?
Whose job is it to clean up the mess?
What can be done to “fix” the mess?
Explain the roles of each person in the family such as Dad works to earn money for our families needs, Mom cares for our home and the kids, children go to school to learn, etc. (Come up with roles that are appropriate for your family situation and the ages of your children.) Explain that each member of the family has responsibilities that help the home and family run smoothly. When someone does not fulfill their responsibilities, it leaves more work for other members of the family and can affect the feeling of love and peace in the home.
Work together to quickly clean up the room and put all items away in their appropriate places before continuing on with the lesson.
Changing Chores, Friend, May 2005
Leaving Home, Friend, June 1987
Hint: One of my favorite ways to tell a story from the Friend is to find props that represent different parts of the story, put them all in a bag and pull them out one at a time as you reach the appropriate part of the story. For the above story, Changing Chores, you could use a toy, an actual written copy of Jason’s list, an egg, a baby doll, a piece of burned toast, a diaper, a book, toy trucks, and a box of macaroni and cheese.
Which Chore is Mine?, Friend, May 2004
Working on a Farm, Friend, January 2007
Spencer W. Kimball, Friend, December 1989
Use the included recipe or one of your own (preferably one that is simple to prepare.) Put each person in charge of one ingredient and/or one specific job (i.e. stirring, popping corn, turning on the oven for a recipe that requires cooking.) Work together to follow the recipe until it is completed (or until it goes into the oven to cook.) Discuss again the importance of each person doing their part in order for the recipe to turn out right. If even one person does not do their part (perhaps if an ingredient is left out) then the recipe will not turn out correctly. Tie this in to the earlier discussion about doing our part and carrying out our responsibilities.
This lesson could be used to introduce chores to your children. Use the following resources to print out chore charts for each family member if you wish. We used this lesson near the beginning of a new school year and we talked about chores and schedules to make the school year run more smoothly. We printed out a weekly chore chart for each member of the family, including mom and dad, with a list of simple chores that included homework and piano practice for the children, reading time each day, and some “bigger” tasks that mom and dad needed to tackle (cleaning out the garage, taking an inventory of food storage, and other “spring cleaning” types of jobs.)
Free Printable Chore Charts:
Free Printable Behavior Charts
The Idea Door
Easy Carmel Corn
1 stick margarine or butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp. salt (optional)
20 large marshmallows
16 cups popped popcorn
Combine butter, brown sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Mix over medium heat until melted. Add marshmallows and stir until completely dissolved. Pour over popcorn and mix well. Enjoy!
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