Weekly Thoughts and Tips

May 2018


New Topics

May 25, 2018

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We are continuing to add new topics to this Lesson Helps resource page. The most recent addition is the topic of “Abuse,” which includes the recent Church policy guidelines as well as stories you could use to start a conversation with your children.

What topics would you like to see on this list? Let us know at friend@ChurchofJesusChrist.org and put “Lesson Helps Topics” in the subject line. We’d love to hear any other of your suggestions, too!

New Uses for Graphic-Novel Stories

By Marissa Widdison
May 18, 2018


Have you noticed the new graphic-novel style stories in each issue of the Friend? For example, see “Finding Floppy” on pages 18–19 of the May 2018 magazine. Here are a few fun ways you could use the stories with your children (besides just reading them, of course!).

  • Cut the story panels into strips and help your child put them in the right order.
  • Cover up the words in the speech bubbles and write your own dialogue together.
  • Play “I Spy” by taking turns describing and finding objects in the story.

What else can you think of? Have fun!

Interacting with those with Disabilities

By Jess Ward
May 11, 2018


You may have experienced it before—you’re in the grocery store or at the park, and your children see someone in a wheelchair. They may point, ask loud questions, stare, or even act afraid. The good news is that some preparation can help your little ones (and you!) treat everyone like the son or daughter of God that they are.

Here are some ideas to help your child better interact with those who have disabilities or injuries:

  • Show pictures of a variety of people, including people with visible disabilities. First, focus on similarities. For example, everyone is a child of God. Next, talk about differences. For example, some people need wheelchairs to get around, and others don’t. Teach children that all these things make us different and unique.
  • Sing “I’ll Walk with You” (Children’s Songbook, 140–141). Look at pictures or watch videos of children using wheelchairs, crutches, or service animals. Explain what these are and why some people use them. Role play how to behave when you meet someone with a disability.
  • Be careful with the words you use. Avoid words like “sick” or “wrong” when talking about someone with a disability. Make sure your children understand that they won’t “catch” a disability.
  • Set an example of smiling and saying hello. If your child says something insensitive to someone, don’t ignore the situation. Say something like, “I’m sorry, my child is still learning.” Then encourage a short, healthy interaction between your child and the person with the disability.