I have a confession you will find surprising:
I suck at having Family Home Evening.
I made this blog years ago as a form of accountability because I am lousy at holding consistent FHE. I am resolved to do better in 2015. Last night our family sat down together and had THIS lesson. it was perfect for what we needed. There has been a lot of bickering and discord in our home recently and we needed to involve the kids in making goals to improve our family.
The good thing about this lesson (I should really give credit to the Proclamation on the Family) is that some of the goals were fun. My kids were clamoring to set the goal for Wholesome Recreational Activity (a.k.a. FUN).
I am recommitting to hold regular Family Home Evening with my family. Do you want to join me? Here are some of my plans to make this happen.
1. Find a night that works for YOU. We have to hold FHE on Sunday evening. If we try to have it on Monday there is homework and dinner and other activities. I don't think it matters so much which day you hold it on as long as you set aside one evening each week to dedicate to FHE.
2. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. Print out a month's worth of FHE lessons on Fast Sunday and have them ready to go in a safe place. I used to print week by week, but even that was complicating things. I think printing for a month all at once will help.
3. Get the kids involved. Let them know our intention to hold FHE each week on Sunday evenings. If your kids are anything like mine they will hold you to it!
To get you motivated check out the newly revamped Family Home Evening webpage from lds.org. It's got links to video, quotes, the manual (which doesn't work for us, but may work for you), and other resources.
I was particularly inspired by this quote by Gordon B. Hinckley.
And here's a FREE printable to hang in your home. It comes in four colors and is sized at 8x10" with the white border. Enjoy! CLICK HERE to download and print. Cut lines are included.