Weekly Thoughts and Tips

July 2017


Flag Your Family History

July 28, 2017


Are you looking for a new way to get your kids interested in family history? Here’s an idea from the Caroll family. They talked about where their ancestors came from. Then each of the kids picked a flag from their heritage to draw. It was a fun starting point for a family history family night!

Celebrating Pioneer Day

July 21, 2017

Girl dressed as a pioneer

Pioneer Day falls on a Monday this year, which gives us the perfect opportunity to hold a pioneer-themed family night! We don’t need handcart ancestors to celebrate those in our family who made brave choices and paved the way for others to follow. Here are some ideas for celebrating.

What unique ideas do you have for celebrating Pioneer Day? Send your picture and idea to friend@ChurchofJesusChrist.org, and it might show up in a future magazine or weekly tip!

Forming Healthy Habits

By Shannon Tuttle
July 14, 2017

Family holding hands

We want our kids to be healthy, inside and out! You could use the Church history figures in this month’s Friend, “Kirtland and the Word of Wisdom” (page 28), to talk with your kids about where the Word of Wisdom came from and how living it blesses us. Help them understand it’s also important to do healthy things with our bodies. Talk with your family about outdoor activities you could do together and set a goal to try something different. You could take a walk, go on a hike, train for a short race, explore your neighborhood on a bike, or find a place to go swimming. Not only will this help your kids establish healthy habits, but it can also be a chance to create some great memories!

Happy Family Prayer

By Kim Webb Reid
July 7, 2017

Family praying

Family prayer teaches little ones both the blessings of prayer and the great feeling of belonging to a family! Think of family prayer as a time to connect with both God and each other. It may even become a favorite time in your child’s day! You can help make family prayer a regular—and happy—experience.

Here are some ways to help:

  • Choose a regular time when family prayer will always happen. Is it in the morning before everyone leaves? At night before bed? Maybe both? How will you remember? Ask your children for ideas. Be creative! (Maybe a prayer rock or phone alarm?)
  • Before you pray, ask each family member what they want you to say. What are they thankful for? What blessings do they need? Including each child’s thoughts and requests as you pray will help them pay more attention to your words and then listen for Heavenly Father’s answers.
  • You might start a tradition of giving hugs after family prayer or inviting everyone to say something they like about a family member. (You could choose a different person each day.)