Saturday, January 8, 2011

Words that Build Up!

If there is anyone who is having a problem remembering to 
use nice words in your family, this might be a fun idea for you!

One of our Family New Years Resolutions is to use
more "Words that Build Up!" 

A Story
 Here is a story from the Friend Magazine, called Words That Build Up, that we read as a family on Monday night.  It helped the kiddos understand that words are powerful, and we have to be mindful of what we say to each other. 

A Quiz
The next page on that link, or right here, is a fun quiz called Choose the RIGHT words.  The real life scenarios can be tweaked a little to match your family.  This was really funny for my kids.  They enjoyed answering and also listening to each other answer (it was entertaining for me too!).

An Activity
After the quiz came the best part of the night.  We did this SuPeR object lesson from my sister in law, Jodi.  You will need to give each kid a tube of toothpaste (medium to large sized) and a clear cup. 

I told them we were going to play a game and on the count of 3 they had to squeeze all of their toothpaste into their cup. 

When they were all done squeezing, I then told them that whomever could get their toothpaste back into the tube was the winner!  Of course that can't happen (but my 10 year old wanted to try). 

The object is that we need to use nice words, because once we say mean words, we cant get them back.  No matter what we do, they cant get back into our mouths and be unsaid.  We were sure to talk about making mistakes and saying sorry when we say mean things, as well.  

A Quote
 "I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort."    Gordon B Hinckley

This quote is taken from the inset in the story.  I loved it so much I digiscrapped it into a 5x7 page and put it in the frame for the family to see all year! 
Sometimes, when we try to teach our kids something, they really, really get it.  This was one of those lessons in our home! They were talking to me about it all week.  I even overheard them telling friends about it after school several days later.  I hope it works for some of you, too!


  1. I love this idea and I am your newest follower! I cant wait to see more from you!

  2. This is great--a lesson we totally need in our home. Would it be possible to share the quote you put together so we could print it off? Would love to do this for a family night.

  3. Great idea and I love the quote.

  4. What a fantastic idea! I am always looking for new ideas for family home evening. We will be doing this for our next Monday night activity! Thank you!

  5. Thanks for the great idea! we did this last night ( only I used shaving cream because I had it on hand!)

  6. I saw this on Pinterest...going to do it for FHE tonight...thanks for sharing your great idea!!

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  8. Thank you so much for this lesson, it was so helpful.


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