This is a bitter-sweet talk for me. I love all the things that he taught and reminded me concerning the family. Yet... with child making so many choices against my own, I wonder if I did or if I can do enough to be a goodly parent.
The "sanctity of marriage and the central importance of families... provide an anchor and the safe harbor... where each child of a loving Heavenly Father can be influenced for good and acquire eternal values."
It was nice to be reminded that the "little things" do and will count. I hope so. If not I've been slaving away for nothing. LOL. I hold great hope that the "little things" will be what draws my children back.
After all, "lessons taught in the home by goodly parents are becoming increasingly important in today's world."
I've always know that "teaching in the home is a most sacred and important responsibility." For this reason, I began a journey of home schooling my children 17 years ago. I got so much flack for this decisions I know that most people don't understand. It was just something I had to do because I am ultimately responsible... school is not.
I miss my kids once they hit HS and I offer them a choice to stay home or take class in the school. This year my number three kid decided to go to full time school... the first kid... everyone else choose to stay at home for half the day. (I miss that kid.) I can also tell without any doubts, that home school is and has been the right choice for my family.
Keeping my kids at home has helped me be better at rearing my "children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual need, and to teach them to love and serve each one another..." It hasn't been perfect, but I know that all that "together time" is the only reason my kids became friends. If they were all gone at school, they wouldn't have been able to develop those friendships.
At the very end of the talk, Elder Perry focused on that it is by "divine design that the role of motherhood emphasizes the nurturing and teaching of the next generation." For my friends that struggle enjoying motherhood... THIS is what you fought to come here to do. THIS is how you are like God. I recently shared a great essay by Valerie Hudson Cassler, I'm a Mormon Because I'm a Feminist.
I love how she worded it:
I am a part of this! I came away from this talk reminded that I needed to work harder at strengthening a "real partnership where we blend" to teach and strengthen out kids.
What did you learn?