|Everyone "reverently" listening to conference...|
There was a moment of silence, and then Sam said, "Thanks for giving me that advice, Mom. Because for most of the day, I felt like I was the only one..."
His voice sounded so tender and almost tearful. I realized that I had gone about things in all the wrong way -- just nagging and lecturing without really making an effort to understand things from the kids' point of view -- and instead of creating an environment where they could feel the happiness and peace of the Spirit (even if they didn't understand everything being said), they just felt bored and guilty for feeling bored. And then I nagged them some more and eventually sent them to their rooms, creating a spirit of contention instead love.
Thankfully, conference is, in fact, a two-day event. I'm up early preparing some different activities for them to do and also praying for guidance in how to make this the family-and-spirit-strengthening day that it's meant to be. Thank heavens we do get a do-over once in a while...