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Parenting is Our Most Important Work

A religious leader of our time, Harold B. Lee (former President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) said, "The most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your own home."

When people are on their deathbeds, you never hear them say, "I wish I would've spent more time at the office". A major regret of many people is that they didn't spend enough time with their families.

If we don't do our best in parenting, little else really matters. Other successes are really hollow. Many have said, "My true riches are my children and family". The scriptures say, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Matthew 6:21). It is important to seek for and find balance in our lives. Sometimes we can be so caught up in things outside the home, like money, fame, social status or power, that we lose everything that is most dear to us—our families. The only things we can take with us to the next life is our family and our knowledge. All the rest stays here on earth.

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One of the major attacks on the family in our day is pornography. Many husbands leave wives and families to fend for themselves due to the addicting affects of pornography. The affects of pornography weakens families as well as societies. If its destructive nature is not held at bay, it can destroy our lives and make us lose what is most precious. As we stay away from pornography, and spend time building our families, they become strengthened and societies fortified. There is great strength in self-discipline and moral living.

Here are some ideas to build a strong family and improve parenting:

  • Eat dinner together and make it a priority. Much research has been done showing the positive effects of eating together—children are happier and more stable.
  • Play together—be sure and take time to play games and/or sports together. Games form a strong bond among family members.
  • Pray together kneeling down morning and night. This helps strengthen and fortify children against the attacks of the modern world we live in.
  • Read the scriptures together as a family. Teaching children dependence on God and His love for us helps bring families closer together and have a humble attitude.
  • Show affection for your spouse and children. Appropriate touch is therapeutic and has healing qualities.
  • Spend time once a week teaching your family (Family Home Evening). Sunday or Monday evenings are a great time to share beliefs that will strengthen your family.
  • Spend time with your family; both quality and quantity time are important.
  • Spend time with each child individually. This forms memories that will last forever.
  • Take time to vacation with your family (and leave the cell phones and internet off as much as possible).
  • Spend time doing wholesome recreational activities.

We, the creators of this web page, encourage you to set goals, from the list above or involving other worthwhile family pursuits, and work at improving the time spent with your family. At the end of your life, you will be glad you did and feel satisfaction if you spent both quality and quantity time with your family. Never forget the importance of parenting—your family can be with you through eternity, but your career and other worldly things will be left on earth.

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