A new year, a new manual, a new theme! The theme for Week 4 is “I have agency, and I am responsible for my choices.” This is such a critical concept for children to understand as they begin to experiment with their God-given power to choose in this mortal life. The manual reminds us on every page, “Supplement the ideas provided here with some of your own.” Here are some supplemental ideas to try:
- When Bad Choices Seem to Work Out Just Fine (at least temporarily). Note: in my opinion, some adults could use a refresher on these concepts, when they feel resentment or envy when they think they see others getting away with bad choices.
- Choices and Consequences – Sharing Time activity about agency. The manual suggests “Write on strips of paper some good choices and some bad choices a child could make.” This Sharing Time activity gives you some ready-to-use ideas.
- Mailbox Mischief: Repentance and Atonement for Sharing Time or families. Read Jackie’s story about her nephew “Mateo.” Guaranteed that children willl relate. I particularly like that she talks about the Atonement in kid-friendly terms. As children learn about agency, they can learn also about their Savior’s plan to redeem them from the misery of poor choices. Children are never too young to understand that life-giving, joy-producing gospel truth.