"In today's world, we must provide, reflective times for our children and teach them how to listen to the still, small voice."
-Elder Neil L. Andersen
(He said this not once, but twice in his recent Ensign article "A Gift Worthy of Added Care".)
I've been thinking about how to do this over the last day or so.
This morning, I did it by pausing for a few seconds after our family prayer was said for us to quietly listen for the whisperings of the Spirit.
After school today, I did it by laying a plate of cookies and two mugs of hot chocolate in front of my kids and asking them to draw a picture of something that happened today.
I learned that one of Guy's classmates had a bad day (illustrated in the first photo).
I also learned that Scarlett "made loud noises banging stuff" at school.
I had to laugh aloud to myself as the words "June Cleaver" ran through my mind.
And I'm sure I'll get comments like "Now you're making us look bad," but you know what, the world could use a little more "June Cleaver" in it and a little less "Hillary Rod".
(To be fair, although the woman gives me the heebie-jeebies, I do think her "stay home and bake cookie" comments were taken slightly out of context...but regardless, she will always seem anti-stay-home-mom to me! Sorry, Hill!)
I've gotta say, I've never felt more independent, more able to make a difference, or more like I'm affecting the common good, than when I'm sitting across from the table sharing a plate of homemade cookies, listening to my kids.
I'm just saying.