What You'll Need: scriptures, GAB 55/GAK 226: Jesus Washing the Apostles’ Feet, printed chore charts, coloring tools, stickers.
Quote: Jeremiah 31:16 - Thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord.
Opening Song: When We're Helping We're Happy (PCS #198B)
As part of His plan, Heavenly Father gave us bodies. He has told us that we should use our bodies to work hard. Working hard helps us to be happy because it helps us reach our goals, helps us serve others and makes us feel proud of the things we accomplish.
Though some may see work as something to avoid, the gospel teaches that working for and with our families brings great blessings. God Himself calls His plan for His children “my work and my glory” (Moses 1:39).
Heavenly Father has asked parents to teach their children the importance of hard work. Building a strong family takes hard work, and part of that work is teaching our children how to work. L. Tom Perry said, "Teaching children the joy of honest labor is one of the greatest of all gifts you can bestow upon them.”.
- How do you feel about work?
- Why do you think hard work is important?
- How do you think we can make work more fun within our family?
(some options may include: listening to music, setting a timer and seeing how long it takes to complete certain tasks...then trying to beat that time next time, singing together, being rewarded for a job well done with a small treat, etc.)
(show Jesus Washing the Apostles’ Feet)
When Jesus was on the earth he called 12 men to be his Apostles. He needed help accomplishing all the work he had to do. The apostles helped Jesus Christ share the message of his gospel and accomplish other tasks. He served them by washing their feet and told them they should also serve others through tasks.
One of our Latter-day Prophets, Brigham Young, said, "If you work hard, you'll be happy..."
- How do you think working hard makes us happy? (we feel good about what we accomplished, we can make things nice, we can help others)
We need to work hard and do our best at home, at school, at sports, in learning instruments and in every part of our lives. Working hard will help us reach our goals and feel good about ourselves.
Have each family member answer the following questions:
- What was a time you worked hard to accomplish something?
- How did you feel when you were finished?
We can work hard no matter how old we are. Toddlers can learn to put away toys when they are finished playing with them. Children can help set the table and keep their rooms clean. Older kids and teenagers can help with family tasks and household chores. Parents go to work at a job and also keep the home in order with the help of their children. We can all find good work to do to help make our families, homes and the world a better place.
When we work hard we feel happy, we can accomplish great things and, most importantly, we learn to be more like Heavenly Father and our Savior. They worked hard. When we work hard we can become more like them.
If you do not already have it in place, establish personal and family chores for each member of the family. For a list of appropriate chores for each age CLICK HERE.
Helps for Parents (suggestions from The Friend magazine, May 2016) Try these tips to help your child become a more willing worker:Make sure to discuss possible rewards for completing chores (this is totally up to you). However, every family should establish clear and logical consequences for not completing chores.
1. Give children a little time to finish whatever fun thing they’re doing. Set a timer and say, “When the timer rings in three minutes, it’s
time to pick up the toys.”
2. Draw pictures of your child’s chores and some favorite activities on a sheet of paper. Slide it into a plastic page protector. With a non-permanent marker, children can cross off chores and circle an activity to do after.
3. Instead of saying, “No painting until after you clear your dishes from the table,” try saying, “After you clear your dishes, then I will get your paints out.” This small change in wording helps young children see their choice more clearly.
4. If your child still resists, allow natural consequences. For example, when toys are left on the floor, they can get lost or broken. It can be hard to allow consequences to upset your child. Remember that following through teaches children the eternal law of the harvest (see Galatians 6).
Bear your testimony about the blessings that come from working hard and the satisfaction it brings, even when it's hard to start a new task.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the APRIL Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
1. Decorate Chore Charts
CLICK HERE to download
1. Print for each family member.
2. Have them decorate with crayons, markers or stickers.
3. Hang in prominent area and enforce chore rules for the next two weeks.
4. After two weeks you may choose to re-assess chore expectations and revise them.
2. Laundry Monster Activity Page (from The Friend magazine - May 2016)
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