Originally Posted by magstphil
I think a pancake breakfast in front of the TV would be cool too and get them more interested.
mom always used to make a big breakfast on saturday, and we'd pull the piano bench up in front of the couch (as a table) and eat in the living room. We NEVER ate anywhere except the table, so it was a BIG deal.
A big argument between DH and I in our home is about whether or not we should dress church appropriate for GC at home. I say yes he says PJs are fine. Thoughts?
we always wore regular church clothes on sunday, but we also were always attending at the chapel. On saturday it could be toned down, but it wasn't jammies or jeans... eg: the boys might wear a polo shirt but not a button down with a tie, and the girls might wear a playdress...
For myself, I think that dressing up helps us remember what we're doing...when we lived in utah and watched every session on TV (they don't even broadcast it to the chapels), we didn't dress up on saturday because we were working in the garden between sessions and stuff like that...but on sunday we did dress up.
|I like the idea of having lots of activities for the kiddos on the living room floor in front of the TV so they *want* to stay in front of the TV. It may not matter much for a 1 year old now but I'm really hoping it will become a GC habit, ykwim?
i make bingo for my kids, and let them put cheerios or something on them. When you hear a topic mentioned you get to fill in the square, and when you get a bingo, you get to eat everything from the row
We make the bingo board with a whole bunch of gospel topics--we draw pictures for littler ones, but i also put a word or two for older ones (eg, prophet, temple, families, atonement, etc). When DS1 was 4 and 5 that would usually keep him focused for a good half hour at least.
As they get older (ie, now that DS can write), I ask him to try to take notes (either written words or draw a picture) of one thing from each talk. So he doesn't have to listen intently to every word, but I ask him to try to at least get one thing every so often...by the time I was 8 we were all sitting through every session w/o toys, but DH isn't convinced that kids can handle it (oh the differences in our upbringings could fill volumes!), so it usually ends up being at least for all the apostles, or for the first few speakers of each session, or something like that... Again, the point not being to sit still the entire time, but to at least pay attention to parts and try to make sense of them, kwim? The bingo helps with that too.
I've seen checklists that are on the same idea as the bingo or 'notes'...listen for certain topics and check them off the list. (I think the true brilliance of the bingo is the eating though...try a different cereal for each session
For FHE the week before we talk about prophets, and try to help them get excited about how we have a living prophet that we can listen to.
While I don't ask my kids to sit still and 'listen' the entire time, (I try to keep them in the room, but they can play quietly), I do ask them to put down their toys and try to pay attention at least when the prophet is talking. That ends up being 5 min on saturday morning, 10 min whenever he gives his official talk, and then another 5-10 min in one or two other sessions, depending on if he does a Sunday welcome, and how long his closing remarks are on sunday afternoon. I think it's a good way to start practicing listening, but to adjust to it gradually, kwim?