Opening Song: “A Happy Family” Children’s songbook pg 198
Opening Prayer: Jeremy
Scripture: Abraham 5:3 “And the Gods concluded upon the seventh time, because that on the seventh time they would rest from all their works which they (the Gods) counseled among themselves to form; and sanctified it. And thus were their decisions at the time that they counseled among themselves to form the heavens and the earth.”
Lesson: We as a family need to start having regular family councils. So we discussed with the kids that a family council is when we get together, and make plans (meals, vacations….), and talk about problems, and discuss schedules (making sure everything is on the calendar), and maybe a time to discuss the budget.
A Family council has three parts
Part 1: Mommy & Daddy
- Talk about our commitments/schedule for the week
- Discuss each member of the household
- Discuss extended family commitments
- Discuss anything else that comes up that we need to discuss between ourselves
Part 2: All family members
- 1 by 1 each family member mentions their commitments for the week and all will be recorded on the calendar. Next week return and report.
- Anyone may bring up a problem that they have observed, BUT they MUST also have a possible solution.
- Everyone must say something nice about everyone else (and NO you can’t skip anybody).
Part 3: Father & Mother interviews (with each child individually)
- Start with a compliment
- Ask what is going on in their life. Problems? Challenges? Triumphs?
- Share information with the child. The point of the interviews is to work on your relationship with each child as an individual, and to help each child learn to trust you with their problems. We want our kids to feel like they can talk to us, and this is a perfect setting to establish a relationship like that.
SO as a family we decided that Saturday morning we would have our first family council, and we’ll see how it goes. 😉
Closing Song: “Families can be Together Forever” Children’s songbook pg 188
Closing Prayer: Kyle
FHE Treat: Rootbeer floats