Thoughts: I wanted to focus on what job we have in a family. I like to teach my kids that the parents job in the family is to help the kids learn how to be good adults, and the children’s job is to learn and to become a functional adult. I know it does not always work that way, but I think ultimately that is my goal. And that often the task of raising a child is a massive group effort. I want children to leave this sharing time knowing that someone loves them, and in reality for most a lot of people love them.
Identify Doctrine: Ask the children who loves them. I want to make a list of all the people in their lives who love and care for them. This can be anyone from babysitter to friend’s mom, to grandparents. Either begin with Heavenly Father, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost, or be sure that they get added into the list. The goal is to have as many people on the list as possible so that the children can see how much love they have.
Why did Heavenly Father give us so many people who love and care for us? Because he loved us first. And he knew we would need to come to earth and to be born into families so that we could learn important things, and be safe, and learn to come back to him.
Encourage Understanding: I was thinking that a game would be fun to demonstrate how listening to our parents or those who love us, can help us make good choices. I wanted to pick groups of two children. One will act as the parent and one as the child. I will have two bags A and B, (or two choices each time) I will whisper in the ear of the person who is the parent. They can then try to convince the “child” to make the right choice. In each correct bag will be varying degrees of treasures, and each wrong choice a negative event. Depending on the age of the children in your primary expanding the number of bags or possible choices.
Conclusion: I really want to leave the children with the knowledge of how much they are loved.