FHE: Addiction #ldsconf #twitterstake

Tonight was my turn for the lesson for Family Home Evening.

Because we have recently found out all five of our foster kids are now having the experience of termination of rights due to issues related to parents’ drug abuse, we decided to address addiction in a formal way.  We are always having conversations about it, and we are very open in dialogue with them about why it is so hard.  If we are supposed to be teaching our children what they need to know five years from now, then addiction is an issue we have to address with our children today.

After talking about our schedule for this week, which includes Toddler’s jury trial, we had our opening song and prayer, and I began teaching about the Word of Wisdom from True to the Faith.  We talked about how we do not drink alcohol, coffee, or tea, or smoke cigarettes because we have made a promise not to, and how the Word of Wisdom also teaches us how to eat healthy, exercise every day, and get enough sleep.  We talked about what a covenant is, and how there are blessings given if we keep our part of the covenant.

Then I showed the kids this very short cartoon, Nuggets:

 

We discussed it as we went, and the kids really had a lot to say and share when it was finished.

When they had wrapped up what they wanted to process, I gave them each a marshmellow.

We totally did the marshmellow test, and told them they would get a second one if they did not eat it before Nathan and I got back from setting up the family movie (Sound of Music).

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We watched them sniff it, smell it, lick it, and taste it, but none of them ate it!

The picture is from after that, when we told them they could just take a tiny taste, and then we talked about how it was harder not to eat more after trying just a little.

Then we showed them the marshmellow test video:

 

They really processed well, and had so many stories to share!

I am glad we did that.

And yes, I did remember to reward them with hot chocolate and more marshmellows!

 

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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