I've kind of alluded to it before, but I'll say it again. Family Home Evening works best when you tailor it to the needs of your family.
In our family, time is of the essence. If Steve gets home from work on time then we have at best one hour to eat dinner AND have FHE, then it's off to bed. So, if he gets home late, like he did last night, we only have 30 minutes to do both and that means FHE and Dinner have to merge!
Yesterday, we had two items on the FHE agenda: "Sibling Appreciation Night" and Kid Interviews.
First up: Sibling Appreciation...Scarlett-style! I created clues to help us guess who we'd be talking about. I wrote the clues on sticky-notes and stuck them to the bottom of our dinner plates. That way it was sort of a scavenger hunt, but we didn't have to leave the table!
The first clue was a scripture: "Remember the worth of [this soul] is great in the sight of God." We took a moment to talk about what a soul is and to talk about the fact that EVERY person is of great worth in the eyes of the Lord. When Guy read clue #2, "This person shares well and is a good friend," he knew immediately that we were talking about Scarlett, but we proceeded through the five clues anyway so we could hear that: "This person knows how to love others, cares about animals, and chooses the right."
Scarlett was pleased to hear that she was the spotlight child at FHE last night. We lauded her for getting 100% correct on her evaluation in preschool that indicates how well she knows her letters and numbers. (According to her teacher, she was the only kid to get 100% on her evaluation! Smartypants!) We also went around the table saying what we love about Scarlett and gave her "three cheers!" Then we ate a special dessert in her honor: strawberry short-cake.
The second part of FHE was conducting our yearly kid interviews. Since we were strapped for time, Steve took Guy upstairs and interviewed him, and I took the girls. Click here to print off the Kid Interview Form that we used to get you started. (Or scroll down to find it at the bottom of this post!)
I LOVE doing interviews with my children. It gives me a rare, quiet, few minutes with them ALONE to really listen to their hopes, dreams, desires, etc. Knowing the secret thoughts of their hearts (and writing them down) helps me to be a better Mother to them.
Here are some gems that came out of last night's interviews:
What makes you most proud? "Family, Family, Family!"
What do you love about yourself? "My eyes because I can see everything!"
What do you want to be when you grow up? "A Scientist...a discovering, testing...see new things kind of Scientist."
What is your testimony of Jesus Christ? "I believe the scriptures and Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father and all of the prophets."
What do you love about Guy? "He says everything that I color is beautiful."
What do you like about Mom? "I like that you sometimes give us soda or milk or water or hot chocolate. Sometimes you play with me or my baby dolls...(I'm just saying that so you'll do it tomorrow because you didn't do it today, ok?)"
Who is your teacher? "Mommy"
What is your favorite thing to do with Mom? "tickle"
What is your favorite thing to do with Dad? "play with him"
What do you love about yourself? "Mousie boy and blankie"
What do you love about Mommy? "She gets me Mousie boy & blankie."
Be sure to check out That Good Part's FHE about LISTENING from last night.
Read about more of our adventures in FHE here.