One of my favorite things to do when my children were little happened because VHS tape were invented. In my childhood, we had to wait a whole year for "The Wizard of Oz", or "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown". There was no owning movies!!! In the 1960’s we had to wait and wait and wait. In … Continue reading Movies Can Build character
We read about John Adams last week, who was our second President. Benjamin Franklin was another Founding Father in the United States. In 1726 at the age of 20, he determined 13 character traits or virtues that he wanted to model his life after. He set about creating a daily and weekly system in order … Continue reading Improving His Character
In the Book of Mormon we read how 2060 stripling [young like a new stripling tree] warriors were strengthened spiritually and emotionally for years on the inside of themselves, before they went into physical battle: "They were exceedingly valiant for courage and also for strength and activity but behold this is not all, they were … Continue reading The Book of Mormon Teaches Character
You have agreed to make a trip in a boat. It would be a three or four hour trip across the harbor for a generous fee in order to deliver something. You have never sailed but the boat seems seaworthy, you like the water and so you push off from the shore. What seemed like … Continue reading Character–What Is it?
Other than being an authentic example , books and stories can teach our children valuable character traits. It was April 2020. Four of our adult six children had returned to our house for the Covid quarantine. We went from empty nesters to having every bedroom full. At one breakfast I started telling everyone part of … Continue reading Teaching Admirable Character Traits Through Books
Joy of all joys! My son is returning from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Days Saints. Today! At 2:33 p.m. to be precise. I have ordered a banner, balloons, borrowed more signs from my kind neighbor, and killed a fatted calf--okay, a pork roast from Costco will be in the crockpot. … Continue reading A New Creature In Christ
This is a repost from Feb. 2020: This week we were getting on a chair lift to ski and the young skier in front of us brushed by the attendant who was checking everyone's ski passes with an electronic gun. The attendant yelled something at him like, "If you do that again---" and I didn't … Continue reading The Collapse of Parenting:Part 1