Sometimes Others Can Teach Our Kids Better Than We Can

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(This is an excerpt from the book 5 Spiritual Solutions for Everyday Parenting Challenges.)

Often our friends or others in the ward have more social distance, and therefore are more effective in talking with our children about certain things. Kids come home from youth conference, scout and girls’ camp, or Young Men and Young Women activities full of the light of the gospel and are truly inspired to be better, do better, and think better!

Our kids get so used to us that they often tune us out, whereas a priesthood quorum advisor or Young Women leader or Primary teacher gets their attention long enough to get some of the same things we say to really get through to our children.

The way to take full advantage of this is not only to appreciate it, but to milk it! Be aware of who your kids’ teachers and advisors are. Debrief your children about what they are learning. Visit with the teachers and advisors to learn what their impressions are of your kids and what they might have learned about them. Coordinate your own efforts with what teachers and ward leaders are doing. Work with the goals being set in the Young Men Duty to God or the Young Women Personal Progress programs. Team up and enjoy mutual support with youth leaders as you work together on your children!

Think of the ward as your backup, your support, and your child-rearing team!

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