This week’s topic was on parenting. President Monson stated, "To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day as you deal with challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them." Everyone really needs to know they are valued, and their contributions are needed. Children can sometimes feel starved for attention and love, and then try different methods such as bad behavior to get attention.
In our class we also discussed disciplining children. We talked about the natural consequences of bad behavior being the best discipline. Natural consequences make sense to me because when I think back on important lessons I have learned in my life it was not because my parents gave me a great lecture. I was able to learn the lesson by experience. Natural consequences do have some important caveats which include the consequence being dangerous to the child, the consequence realized years down the road, and if the consequence harms or is dangerous to others. Drugs would be an example of a natural consequence that is dangerous to the child. Bad grades would be an example of a natural consequence that would take years to fully realize the consequences. Shoplifting would be an example of a consequence that harms others. Leaving the discipline to natural consequences are not always the best way.
The most important idea to me was encouraging children on the good things they do so they can feel loved, and not be discouraged.