Friday, January 20, 2012

Primary vs. Relief Society

Teague is going through a phase
(who knows, it might not be a phase, it might just be him)

After Sacrament meeting one Sunday last month, he started in with his whole,

"Ugh, I don't want to go to Primary, I hate Primary, it's stupid..."

Blah, blah, blah.

I hear it every single week, but he goes anyway.

But this week, I decided to actually be a good mom and figure out why Primary is so stupid.

"Why don't you want to go to Primary? All of your friends are in there with you!"

"I know, but it's just stupid."

"But WHY is it stupid?"

"It just is! I already know everything that I'm supposed to."

"What do you mean?"

"I already know that I'm supposed to be nice, read my scriptures, pray and go to church!"

Okay, the kid has a point!

I had a great spur of the moment idea...

"Do you want to come to Relief Society with me?"

"Okay! Yeah!"

In my mind, I thought that he would never want to go to Relief Society with me! I mean, a bunch of old ladies or his friends... I thought he would choose Primary. But, then I had to remind myself, this is Teague.

I had to take him, there was no turning back at this point. So, Teague and I went to Relief Society and sat down.

"Mom, is there going to be a lot of crying?"

"You never know! There might be."

He was awesome! He sat there and listened to the entire lesson! He didn't squirm, he hardly moved at all. After the closing prayer, he turned to me and said,

"That was AWESOME! That lesson really made me think."

Every Sunday since then, Teague has asked me if he can go to Relief Society with me. I remind him every week that it was a one time thing and that it probably isn't going to happen again.

I think about that Sunday often. Are we, as parents, teachers and leaders giving our children enough credit? I mean, just because they're little doesn't mean that they can't think beyond
"be nice, read my scriptures, pray and go to church."


Oh, there was only a little bit of crying that day!


Tiffany said...

WOW!!!! What an astute son you have. Goes to show how different we all are, and one thing doesn't necessarily work for everyone. Nor is it right for everyone!! Perhaps let him go into Elder's quorum or RS once a month or so--he's at church, he's learning, he's listening. What does it matter what meeting he's in?

Forget the judgments and stares you might get--do what is RIGHT for you and Teague. If a break from Primary once in a while keeps him motivated to want to attend his church meetings, that seems perfectly fine.

You are a GREAT mother!! Thanks for a valuable lesson.