Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Family Fight Night

Family Home Evening.

At our house it's not always quite the success we'd like it to be. When the kids were all young FHE was like herding cats. Getting 3 or 4 little kids of different ages to all sit still for more than 5 minutes was challenging (well nigh impossible at times) - so our lessons tended to be very "hit and run". No we didn't hit the kids with the lesson manual, but the length of the lesson was pretty short. We're talking 2 or 3 minutes.

A few years later - we had grade school kids and toddlers. The older kids were better at sitting for longer periods, but they were also more liable to fight with each other ("he's touching me!") and they also knew how to work the system ("I need to go potty") - especially when we were distracted by the babies.

I think the hardest (emotionally) period was when we had the full spread. Surly teenagers, hyper grade schoolers, fretful babies. Lessons tended to be "hit or miss" - all at the same time. I don't think I handled it very well, but we persisted.

I feel like we sort of get the pay off now. I sincerely apologize to my older kids for the fact that we didn't always have great FHE - but now that we usually only have 2 kids it has become much easier. Last night we even managed to play a whole board game after the lesson. Of course it helped that Danny won - and that we didn't even have to cheat to let him win.


Keira said...

"It's not too late for me to rebuild my em-piyre"--One-oh-five-oh

crashhanna said...

We actually played Cranium Conga - but the only good video of "Conga" that I found was Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine. It was really good until about 3/4 of the way through when some "hoochies" come strutting out wearing not enough. There was another clip of Gloria with Celine Dion. Very weird.

Keira said...

Resist the hoochies.

Suzanne said...

We played "Guess Who" last night. We made it until Lily wanted to "help."