My children are going through a whiny phase. (Please, tell me I'm not the only one!) Hubby and I decided to teach a lesson on having a positive attitude to improve the mood in our home.
I started the lesson by telling my children the story of Lehi leaving his home and journeying into the wilderness. We talked about how his family had to leave everything they had, their home, their friends, their money. You can watch a short scripture video about this journey HERE. I focused on the different reactions of his children (Laman & Lemuel, and Nephi). We discussed how Laman and Lemuel whined and complained while Nephi chose to follow in faith. I also told the story of how Nephi got the brass plates from Laban. Again, Laman and Lemuel complained the whole time. Watch the video HERE.
I asked my kids, "Would you rather take a journey with Laman and Lemuel or Nephi?" Of course, they responded with Nephi. I continued by asking, "Why? What was better about traveling with Nephi?" They told me that he was happy and didn't complain. I explained to the children that it's the same in our home. If we whine, fight, and complain we will not have the Lord's spirit in our home.
Then, I told the children that one thing we can do to keep a positive attitude is to think about the things we love and are grateful for. I gave each child a different colored packet of Post-it notes. I let them write down anything they loved on a note.
I put up a sign that says "Things We Love" (you can get your own sign for free at the bottom of this post). Underneath, I told the kids that all month until Valentine's Day we would decorate the wall with things we love. Whenever we felt unhappy, we could go to the wall and remember all of the things the lord has blessed us with.
Princess had a blast decorating the wall. I love her little pictures.
Goofy pretends to write. She told me what each note "said" before she put it up on the wall.
Apparently, Bud loves his hands. He asked me to draw sticky note after sticky note of his hands. Silly boy!
Here is your "Things We Love" banner. Just save the picture to your computer, print it out, and make your banner. You could make your wall all cute with little hearts instead of Post-it notes. Oh, the possibilities!
Our wall is looking great. I can't wait to see how full it gets by Valentine's Day!
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