Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blended families...mid life...

We had a great visitor this week in class…Sister Williams. We learned a bit more about some of the challenges of a blended family. It was fun to hear from real life experience and to see such a happy ending! We also learned the factors that can lead to divorce and the risks. Brother Williams mentioned that in his experience about 70% of the people that had gotten a divorce wished they would have worked it out and stayed in the marriage. Things are not always greener! We then moved into the later years in life and what can come with mid-life. This is a bit close to home as I am considered in this very range. I don’t think it is as bad as the class made it seem. I almost left crying because getting old sounded so hard! That just brings me back to my theory…Things are usually harder thinking about them than just doing it! Great class! Loved learning more about family systems!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


We learned so many interesting parenting techniques this week. I have been applying some of what I learned in class at home and I really think they could be on to some great ideas. I think my favorite parenting idea this week is... to simply ask politely what I would like done be specific with my request and polite. Follow up when needed with "I" messages and firm direction. Although it seems really simple at times it is easier for me just to pick things up or overlook something until it may become an issue. I need to work on direct communication and follow up! I even enjoyed the video clips. To learn more and learn what type of parenting style you might have go to

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Oh what a great week of family and celebration! We were asked to research and turn in a paper on Fatherhood. I was really amazed at all the data that confirmed the importance of having a father in the home. A Father that is actively involved in the life of his child can make an unmeasurable difference. Some of the benefits included: more self esteem, better in school, better health, more willing to participate in extra curricular activities....oh the list goes on and on. I found my stat's on the website I am so grateful that I had a great Dad and that I am married to a wonderful Father to our children. We have been taught by our Church leaders the great impact a Father that honors his priesthood and presides with love and kindness in the home. A talk given Elder Faust has some great advise on how I can be a better support in the home of my husband he taught "In order to strengthen the father in the home, I make two simple suggestions: first, sustain and respect the father in his position; second, give him love, understanding, and some appreciation for his efforts."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Communication...studies show that we communicate more with our actions than our words. In fact our actions are speaking so loudly some might not even hear our words. How do we communicate? 14% is communicated by words, 35% by tone and 51% by our actions or Non-verbally. How does this apply to family and marriage? Different families communicate in different ways. However, kindness is universal. The following is a list of ideas on how better to communicate in a family:
Be a good listener.

Accept other members of the family as they are.

Confide in parents and other family members.

Care about the interests of other family members.

Be affectionate.

Give sincere compliments and approval.

Keep confidences shared with you.

Help to create a good environment for communication.

This week I am going to a better communicator. I am going to begin with giving sincere compliments and approval. I will make an effort to have my actions and my words communicate what I am trying to say.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Crisis Week

We talked about family crisis and stresses that can occur within a family structure. I have seen and been through some of the stresses we discussed in class. Crisis (the word) has many meanings but Brother Williams brought up the fact that in the Chinese culture the symbols for the word Crisis show the symbol for danger and opportunity together. What does that mean, danger and opportunity together meaning crisis. For me, it means that everyone is going to have an opportunity for many crisis' in their lifetime. Some are going to encounter serious heartbreaking problems that can crumble the family, others depending on how they handle, think and respond to the crisis will pull through better people. This however is easy to sit and write about, to actually be in the middle and see the light is a skill or blessing that one prays to obtain. I believe that some troubles we are only able to bare with the help of the Holy Ghost, or divine help. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us, I know that as his children he will help us. I look at some families and wonder why they have been called to go through such trials. I only know this, I can not understand all of Gods divine plans for us, life is short, it is a testing period for us to show what kind of people we really are, it will be hard and it will seem unfair at times. It is also the most glorious adventure we could imagine, we fought for our short time here. Crisis will come, it can make us strong, gives us perspective and allows the spirit to teach us. I pray for the perspective needed to take the crisis that will come and turn them into an incredible opportunity of learning.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

We had a full this week in class...we began by discussing the differences of the male and female in regards to physical arousal. We talked about how the differences can affect a marriage. Just understanding that there are differences can be a start to understanding and enjoying our differences. We then talked about preventing affairs and some of the reasons one might fall into that trap. Making a rule not to be alone with the opposite sex, or even allow yourself to be too comfortable with anyone other than your spouse. We also realized the effects of Facebook and friends and discussed why putting time and efforts into keeping those relationships going could damage a marriage. Lastly we touched on teaching our children and what would be a wise way to teach and discuss this sensitive topic that is such a beautiful part of our Heavenly Fathers plan for us.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

We carved pumpkins this week. We teased Jason about making his pumpkin look just like himself! Scary!!

What a great week!! We started with the wedding (proposal) who should propose? Does the proposal determine the marriage...some say yes! Studies show that the first year of marriage can determine the marriage roles and attitudes of the entire marriage. It is important to establish great roles. So much happiness can come from a new baby and so much disappointment if both parents aren't actively involved in caring for the new bundle. Dads time and time again report they feel unappreciated when the new baby comes along. It all goes back to the dating period, how important it is to date and really understand each other before the blessed event.