Notes on Parenting

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Responsibility of Parents

President Gordon B. Hinckley of the LDS church said the following: "Let us work a little harder at the responsibility we have as parents. The home is the basic unit of society. The family is the basic organization of the Church. We are deeply concerned over the quality of the lives of our people as husbands and wives and as parents and children. There is too much of criticism and faultfinding with anger and raised voices. The pressures we feel each day are tremendous. Husbands come home from their employment each day tired and short-tempered...They [wives] too face a serious challenge that may be more costly than it is worth. Children are left to seek their own entertainment, and much of it is not good. My brothers and sisters, we must work at our responsibility as parents as if everything in life counted on it, because in fact everything in life does count on it. If we fail in our homes, we fail in our lives" (Ensign, Nov. 2002, p. 99).

How do we succeed in our homes?

I would encourage you to review The Family: A Proclamation to the World by clicking here. As you read this keep in mind what you need to be doing so that you can succeed in your family. You may even choose to discuss this with your spouse and take a look at how you can better meet the needs of each other and your children so that you can move forward and progress in your own home.

What are your thoughts on President Hinckley's quote? What do you think are the keys to having success in our homes? 

If you have any questions about the LDS church or about The Family: A Proclamation to the World, feel free to contact me at

Here is another related article recently put out by the Ruth Institute:
Motherhood within marriage is a worthy choice



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