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Daily Archives: September 4, 2011
I know I’m not alone in the challenges that sometimes accompany teaching my children to keep the Sabbath day holy. I also know that every family has some differences in opinion of what are appropriate activities on Sunday. One of my quirks is the Sabbath should be sacred and special. While I approve of playing together and reading, I think reading should be limited to books of a spiritual nature and games should promote togetherness.
It’s easy for my children to focus on the things I don’t allow.
- No watching non-spiritual movies
- No reading Harry Potter or other favorites. I allow fiction as long as it has a spiritual focus.
- No war games like Risk.
In an attempt to improve attitudes (theirs and mine), I focused a Sunday on service by calling them “Service Sundays” and challenging my children to focus on ways to serve each other, those around us and Heavenly Father. After an initial meltdown about all the things we couldn’t do, there was a slight improvement.
The following week, we made a list of all the things we can do on Sundays. (You like that positive spin?) I know this isn’t a new idea – I’ve done it in the past with my kids, but it was time to do it again. We built on our Service Sundays and had a much better turnout. I guess perseverance really does pay! Here’s what we came up with:
- Read Sunday books
- Play board games
- Play “people” games like Fashion Polly or My Littlest Pets with a Sunday theme
- Write letters or emails
- Call family members
- Write a family newsletter
- Do a puzzle
- Make birthday cards
- Make gifts
- Read scriptures or church magazines including the online versions
- Watch church movies
- Listen to church music
- Scrapbook, or look at scrapbooks
- Work on Scouts, Faith in God, Duty to God or Personal Progress
- Write stories
I have noticed vast improvements the last few weeks. This morning I saw one of my children reading and I thought I was going to have to give yet another reminder about what I think is appropriate Sunday reading, when I saw that the book was Latter Day Spies Rescuers!
What do you do to build good Sabbath habits in your home?