By Dina Alexander, MS
As our kids get older, we may have a hard time keeping Family Home Evening (FHE) interesting and applicable to our individual family members; however, there are a wide variety of important topics that we can discuss with our kids no matter their ages.
Living in the modern, digital age, our kids will face new challenges that we, as parents, never even dreamed of. Thankfully, the First Presidency and other leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really understand this. In speaking about technology and smartphones, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “They need to be our servants, not our masters. For example, if later tonight you share inspiring thoughts from this devotional on social media, your smartphone is a servant. If you randomly surf the Internet, your smartphone is a master.”
Here are nine, helpful FHE lessons that can help you and your family more easily navigate the current digital age. As you check out these lessons, think and pray about each member of your family. Which of these lessons would benefit your family the most? If possible, prepare the discussion together with your spouse. Remember, there is no perfect way to teach these. Focus on listening to your children and just do your best.
Each of our families are unique and have different needs. These needs will continue to grow and change as our kids get older, develop more of their own personalities, and display certain passions and habits. Cover the topics that the Spirit inspires you to present–whether they are traditional or not. You’ve got this!
For more ideas, check out these other FHE lessons.
Looking for a great book with tons of FHE ideas? Check out Conversations with My Kids: 30 Essential Family Discussions for the Digital Age.
About the Author:
Dina Alexander is the founder of Educate and Empower Kids (educateempowerkids.org), an organization determined to strengthen families by teaching digital citizenship, media literacy, and healthy sexuality education—including education about the dangers of online porn. She is the creator of How to Talk to Your Kids About Pornography, the 30 Days of Sex Talks and 30 Days to a Stronger Child programs. She is also the author of Noah’s New Phone: A Story About Using Technology for Good and Petra’s Power to See: A Media Literacy Adventure.
Most recently, Dina has published This is the Spirit of Revelation for Latter-day Saint children and their families, and Conversations with My Kids, 30 Essential Family Discussions for the Digital Age.
Lloyd, Scott. “Make Technology Your Servant, Not Your Master, Elder Ballard Says.” Church News and Events, 5 Mar. 2014, www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church/news/make-technology-your-servant-not-master-elder-ballard-says?lang=eng.
Moderation in Modern Times
“A wonderful example of the need for moderation, balance, and wisdom is the use of the Internet. It can be used to do missionary outreach, to assist with priesthood responsibilities, to find precious ancestors for sacred temple ordinances, and much more. The potential for good is enormous. We also know that it can transmit much that is evil, including pornography, digital cruelty, and anonymous yakking.”–Quentin L. Cook