Parenting
Parenting

Parenting

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In “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Church leaders declared, “Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live.”

Good parenting, while very challenging at times, offers great potential for happiness. Parents can experience great joy by building a strong, loving home environment and teaching gospel principles, which can help their children lead righteous, happy, and productive lives. (See 3 John 1:4.)

The Lord has commanded parents to “bring up [their] children in light and truth” (D&C 93:40). This includes teaching them to understand the doctrines of faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost (see D&C 68:25) and to love their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. This teaching should take place primarily in the home, with Church classes and programs supplementing and supporting parents’ efforts.

Parents can teach their children formally during family home evening and other family gatherings, such as daily family prayer and scripture study or at mealtimes. Teaching opportunities also come in unplanned moments as parents and children spend time working and playing together. Whatever the setting, the Lord will guide parents as they prayerfully seek to rear their children in love and righteousness

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Articles from LDS.ORG

Courageous Parenting

I would like to speak today to the parents of teenagers. Your bright and energetic youth are the future of the Church, and... ...become teens, so the subject is near to my heart. There are no perfect parents and no easy answers, but there are principles of truth that we can rely... ...parents as... 

 

The Greatest Challenge in the World—Good Parenting

...in the world. It has to do with the privilege and responsibility of being good parents. On this subject there are about as many opinions as there are parents, yet there are few who claim to have all of the answers. I am... ...have come from good homes and have committed, caring parents.... 

 

“Fear Not: For They That Be with Us Are More”

As parents and leaders of youth, it might be easy to lose our faith and wring... ...people with chariots of fire, as He did for Elisha, in the form of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors, leaders, and friends who will vigorously love them... ...parents and leaders be actively and... 

 

Parents’ Concern for Children

Saints have enjoyed the great blessings and comfort that can come from looking back, as parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, over long and successful parenting efforts. Surely this is something each of us would like. ...conscientious parents try their best, yet nearly all have made... 

 

“Take Especial Care of Your Family”

Father Lehi once described himself as a “trembling parent” ( ). There are trembling parents and grandparents today! Some of today’s families already exist in a worse wilderness... As parenting declines, the need for policing increases. There will always be a shortage of police... 

 

What Manner of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?

Or as a parent, when can I check a child off my list as good parents. And to be good parents, one of the most important things we can teach our children is how   which can be seen. When parents help a child learn to walk, for example, we see parents  ...parents teach these attributes to their... 

 

Caring for the Souls of Children

). The more I think about children, the more I worry about parents. President Spencer W. Kimball said: “Our Heavenly Father placed the responsibility upon parents to see that their children are well fed, well groomed and clothed, well trained... 

 

Did I Tell You … ?

...world miss the joy and see children only as an inconvenience. It is true that parenting is physically exhausting, emotionally draining, and mentally demanding. No one will give you... ...come to know, as I do, that parenting is not only challenging, but it provides life’s greatest joys. Joy... 

 

Dear Are the Sheep That Have Wandered

...sisters and friends, my message this morning is one of hope and solace to heartbroken parents who have done their best to rear their children in righteousness with love and devotion... ...testifying that the word of the Lord to parents in this Church is contained in the 68th section of the... 

 

The Works of God

...prayer in my heart for understanding, and with some timidity, I speak today concerning parents and children with special problems. I do so because I am persuaded that these... ...a message of comfort to their families, especially to the parents. Where in all of the world is the son or... 

 

Instruments in the Hands of God

...inadequate because you can’t seem to do all you want to do. Motherhood and parenting are most challenging roles. You also have Church callings that you fulfill so capably... ...as care for your family. My heart goes out to the widows and the single-parent 

 

Mothers Teaching Children in the Home

...the prophet Nephi and also like so many of you, I was born of goodly parents (see  ...who taught her children outside the home at either school or church, she recognized that parents are entrusted with the education of their children and, ultimately, parents 

 

What Latter-day Saint Women Do Best: Stand Strong and Immovable

...-day Saint women strengthen families, with emphasis on improving our nurturing skills—homemaking skills, parenting skills, and marriage skills. Families mean work, but they are our great work—... ...You will help the women perfect homemaking, parenting, and marriage skills so they can fully... 

 

Rearing Children in a Polluted Environment

Not long ago, I had an impromptu conversation with a group of young parents who exhibited a great deal of anxiety about rearing their children in our morally polluted... ...physical environment—acid rain, smog, toxic wastes. But these parents recognize that there is another kind of pollution that... 

 

What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest

...what matters most. In the routine of life, we often take our families—our parents and children and siblings—for granted. But in times of danger and need and... ...to survive in an environment that seems ever more toxic to traditional marriage and to parent-child relationships. ...parents,... 

 

Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty

Strengthening families is our sacred duty as parents, children, extended family members, leaders, teachers, and individual members of the Church.... ...faith at birth. Others struggle with every decision they make. As parents, we should never let the searching and struggling of our children... 

 

How Will Our Children Remember Us?

...own family, I cannot help but return to the example I received from my own parents. Our children will remember us by our example. From my earliest childhood, I... ...in telling these stories is that we, as parents, have the privilege and the responsibility of teaching gospel principles by our... 

 

Daughters of God

...can only be done in a particular season of life. If a child lives with parents for 18 or 19 years, that span is only one-fourth of a parent’s life. And the most formative time of all, the early years in a... ...the early years in a child’s life, represents less than one-tenth of a parent 

 

More Holiness Give Me

...a family, has been neglected. And he reaps sorrow in place of contentment” (“Parents in Zion,”  Parents who have been successful in acquiring more often have a difficult time saying no to... ...not learning important values like hard work, delayed gratification, honesty, and compassion. Affluent  

 

With All the Feeling of a Tender Parent: A Message of Hope to Families

That courage and faith is what we need as parents and families in these latter days. Every parent faces moments of such fear. However, when we exercise our faith by teaching our... ...with faith “he did exhort [his children] with all the feeling of a tender parent 

 

“Becometh As a Child”

.... “Illegitimacy” gives way to the wholly sanitized words “nonmarital birth” or “alternative parenting” (Ben J. Wattenberg,  ...been “called to serve” as exemplifiers, doing especially well when blessed with “goodly parents” ( ...Nephite children, who then taught adults and their parents “even... 

Fruits of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

Parenting  In the Lord’s plan, parents are to teach their children during the impressionable and formative years when they develop attitudes... ...of self-reliance is hard work. Parents should teach their children that work is the prerequisite to achievement and success... 

Rowing Your Boat

...created through an inspired process, that they were made in the image of our Heavenly Parents, that we have a stewardship over them to keep them sacred and healthy during... ...family for raising children, we believe, is a stable, loving, two-parent family where young children receive... 

“Strengthen the Feeble Knees”

And what of the parents who find themselves rearing an unhappy and nonconforming child? Do they ever experience doubt... ...child? Do they ever fear that the child may be lost eternally because of their parenting? What of the single parent who is rearing children by himself or herself? Does that  

Relief Society in Welfare

...the early Relief Society ministrations in a letter dated April 14, 1844, to her parents in England: ...sisters are provided a laboratory experience that trains them in personal and family preparedness, in parenting, and in homemaking.  ...president, and the parents were persuaded to... 

The Home: The School of Life

Some parents excuse themselves for mistakes they have made at home, stating that the reason for... ...home, stating that the reason for this is that there is not a school for parenting. ...hear the song of a little one who has been taught by his or her parents to sing, “I am a child of God.” 

Revealed Quorum Principles

...for we will be discussing scripture the Lord has directed to you. I also invite parents and other priesthood leaders to listen so you will have a better understanding of how... ...God’s commandments, of successful marriage principles, of good parenting, and of good health. Often with a smile,... 

Joy and Mercy

Our first parents recognized this principle. When the Holy Ghost fell upon them and bore record of... We have seen the pain of parents when their children stray from the path of truth. We have seen the pain... ...of righteous examples are felt for generations to come. Good parenting produces youth... 

“Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods”

...light and grow in the process. So do we as sons and daughters of heavenly parents. Facing upward provides a loftier perspective than facing right or facing left. Looking up... Facing upward is crucial for successful parenting. Families deserve guidance from heaven. Parents 

Was It Worth It?

...the forgiveness of a loving Heavenly Father by showing love and forgiveness in our own parenting. Our love and forgiveness not only draw our children closer to us but also... ...be better. They trust this truth because they have experienced the same from their earthly parents. 

“Be of Good Cheer”

...raise them in fulfillment of the promises that we have made. Like Latter-day Saint parents everywhere, we acknowledge that God has given us our children, and we are trying... ...but we were about twenty years older than most new parents. I wondered whether we would both survive to raise... 

Mothers Who Know

They do not abandon their plan by succumbing to social pressure and worldly models of parenting. These wise mothers who know are selective about their own activities and involvement to... ...that he had not already learned at home. His parents used family scripture study, prayer, family home... 

Righteous Traditions

..., will have a great effect on our children and on their future. If our parenting is based on the teachings of the scriptures and of the latter-day prophets,... 

Senior Missionaries and the Gospel

For example, I think of Elder Lloyd Poelman and his wife, Sister Catherine Poelman. Parents of 9 grown children and grandparents of 20 grandchildren, they now serve in a... ...from missionary service. They wrote: “Good people replaced our parenting functions better than we. … If a family problem... 

“Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother”

This morning I wish to speak about honoring our parents and the aged among us. The commandment to honor our parents has strands that run through the entire fabric of the gospel. It is inherent... ...to honor our parents echoes the sacred spirit of family relationships in which—at their best—we... 

Becoming Goodly Parents

...my niece gathered and shared with me several letters that I had written to my parents nearly 70 years ago from my marine outpost on the island of Saipan in the... ...father and mother for the lessons I learned from their teaching in the home. My parents are the defining example I retain of goodly  

Parents in Zion

In 1831 the Lord gave a revelation to parents in Zion. It is about parents that I wish to speak. But I have another calling which I have held even longer. I am a parent—a father and a grandfather. It took years to earn the  ...as they struggle to balance their responsibility as parents... 

Spiritually Strong Homes and Families

...65 million Americans under 18, [many] live in poverty, 22% live in single-parent homes, and almost 3% live with no parent at all. Violence among the young is … rampant. … Playground fights that used... ...father and mother present—seem like quaint memories of a far distant past. … The parents 

Parents, Teach Your Children

Now for a few moments I would like to direct some remarks to parents everywhere in this great listening audience. “And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that... ...of hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.” ( 

Take Time for Your Children

...swept into the arms of his mother and father? I listened through tears of grateful parents as they asked, “What happened?” Then this reply: “I took the wrong... ...life that most of us lead, the simple concern of parents finding sufficient time to do the things they want to do is...