Parenting and Family Life

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
~~ Helen Keller ~~

Dads: The Ultimate Homeschoolers:
School of Abraham survey results

Research and Articles

How Will Our Children Remember Us? by Robert D. Hales

Take Time for Your Children by Ben Banks

Back to Gospel Basics by L. Tom Perry

Rearing Children in a Polluted Environment by Joe J. Christensen

Bring Up a Child in the Way He Should Go by Gordon B. Hinckley

Be of Good Cheer by Jeanne Inouye

Teaching Children to Work by Orson Scott Card

Family Work by Kathleen S. Bahr

My Home as a Temple by Kristine Manwaring

How to Teach Children about Temple Marriage

When Our Children Go Astray by John Carmack

Our Moral Environment by Boyd K. Packer

Helpful Parenting Sites

A Student’s Guide to Nosy Questions
Your School Should Not Ask You

Suggested Family Activities

LDS Family Guidebook Online

LDS Youth Materials Online

Selected Topics for Life’s Experiences and Challenges

The Old Timer’s Page

Regretfully Request by Mary L. Bradford

Please, send back my children.
I gave them away before I realized
They were not myself
Or any part of myself.

Excuse me for thinking
If I sent them out on their own
I would rid myself
Of certain of my soul’s sores.

Forgive me for asking
Them to take the bitter root
Of their parent seed
And sprinkle it over the land.

They were not mine.
They never were.
They came like exploded gems,
New ore, rocks, from caves.

In speaking to the youth of the Church, President Gordon B. Hinckley offered wise counsel for us all:
“Look to the Church and its leaders for counsel and direction. We have only one desire, and that is that you be happy, that your lives be challenging and satisfying, that you be saved from pitfalls of evil which could destroy you, that you will be the kind of people who will carry high the torch of eternal truth and hand it on to the generation which will succeed you.

“The truths of this gospel are everlasting and eternal. Philosophies change. Customs change. Culture changes. But with all of these changes, there are gospel fundamentals that have never changed and never will change” (“Stand True and Faithful,” Ensign, May 1996, 93).

President Howard W. Hunter taught at General Conference in October 1984. This is what he said:

Jesus was not spared grief and pain and anguish and buffeting. No tongue can speak the unutterable burden he carried, nor have we the wisdom to understand the prophet Isaiah’s description of him as a “man of sorrows.” (Isa.53:3.) His ship was tossed most of his life, and, at least to mortal eyes, it crashed fatally on the rocky coast of Calvary. We are asked not to look on life with mortal eyes; with spiritual vision we know something quite different was happening upon the cross.

Peace was on the lips and in the heart of the Savior no matter how fiercely the tempest was raging. May it so be with us- in our own hearts, in our own homes, in our nations of the world, and even in the buffetings faced from time to time by the Church. We should not expect to get through life individually or collectively without some opposition.

Jesus taught us, through his very own experience, that deliverance does come; that the power of God is stronger than any temptation tossed our way.

Elder Marvin J. Ashton’s words may bring us some real comfort when the opposition is getting to us: “In times of hurt and discouragement, it may be consoling for all of us to recall that no one can do anything permanently to us that will last for eternity. Only we ourselves can affect our eternal progression.” (Ensign, May 1984, p.10.)