Reverence is important to me. You can probably tell, because I have written about it a couple of times already. (Here and here) It is important to note that when I talk about reverence, it’s not just about Sacrament Meeting. It’s about flag ceremonies, the National Anthem, Mutual opening exercises, home teaching visits, choir and orchestra concerts, etc. Reverence is how we show respect for the things we consider important. That said, Sacrament Meeting and the temple are the two places that deserve our very best. Yet some people just don’t get it.
Our family is reverent at church. We always have been. Even as young parents we were often complimented on how well-behaved out kids were. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not bragging. (Actually I am bragging) I am first to admit that one advantage we have is that my EC is a very calm, sweet woman, and it does rub off, sometimes. (We do have 4 boys still in the home.) But as I have watched over the years, I’ve been trying to decide what we have done as parents that seems to have worked out right. I have distilled a few ideas as to the good, the bad, and the ugly, as far as teaching reverence goes.
A while back I was asked by one of my readers if I had any tips on how to help kids learn to be reverent. I do have some tips, but before I give them up, I want to talk about things that can get in the way of having a reverent family. Barriers to reverence, if you will. There are probably more, but I want to discuss three. They are:
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