The September 2016 Visiting Teaching message focuses on Parenthood. After reading over the message, and then digging a little deeper and reading the talks/articles that the quotes were selected from, I decided to create a ‘happy home’ theme idea for my Visiting Teaching Printables this month. I think they turned out pretty cute! What do you think?
I absolutely LOVED the quote from President Monson:
“Give your child a compliment and a hug; say, ‘I love you’ more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”
This amazing quote came from a First Presidency message from President Monson, “Love At Home-Consel from Our Prophet”. In this article, President Monson shares different ways that we can build a happy home. At first I thought about creating a little ‘Build Your Own Happy Home’ kit to take to your sisters, but then I came across some cute ‘little house’ treat boxes. So I finally decided to go that route and since the quote above talks about giving a ‘hug’, what better treat to put in your box than ‘Hugs and Kisses’!?!
Happy Home Treat Boxes
Instead of creating my own house template…I went with easy peasy and found a cute one that someone else created. The house that I finally settled on was THIS template from ‘Just Something I Made’. I used the no. 2 house with the scalloped roof, I thought it added a cuter look to the house. Here’s a quick little photo tutorial. 🙂
I didn’t have any cute scrapbook paper laying around, so I printed my home template onto brown kraft card stock.
To add a little something, I printed some cute paper and traced the roof outline. Then I glued the paper onto the roof. I didn’t want the dashed lines on the outside of the box, so I folded the house with the lines on the inside (does that makes sense???). Using a credit card or ruler will help make your folds straight.
Here is a picture of my folds and the roof pieces glued on. Now it’s time to put it all together! Start folding the house and putting it together by adding some glue to the tabs. To make it a little more secure, you could add small pieces of tape.
Once your little home is all put together, fill it with Hugs & Kisses! Next, print out my quote tags and tie them to the top of the house with some cute twine and ribbon. I have 2 different pages of quote tags to choose from. One includes President Monson’s quote, the scriptures, and the ‘Consider This’ question. The other sheet includes the quote from Sister Susan W. Tanner:
“Our Father in Heaven exemplifies the pattern we should follow. He loves us, teaches us, is patient with us, and entrusts us with our agency. … Sometimes discipline, which means ‘to teach,’ is confused with criticism. Children—as well as people of all ages—improve behavior from love and encouragement more than from fault-finding.”
I love this quote! I think we could all do a little bit better with what Sister Tanner shared in her quote, but I liked this quote because I think it would be great for the sisters that might not have children at home or for the wonderful sisters who live alone. As we choose to be more loving and more encouraging, and follow the example of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, our home (even if we don’t have children living at home) can be filled with a special love. As we treat others with kindness, we will be able to more fully feel the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior. Encourage the sisters you visit to fill their home with ‘Hugs and Kisses’ by loving those around them.
FAMILY HOME EVENING IDEA
This could even make a great FHE lesson. Show the little house to your family and pass out slips of paper. Invite everyone to think of something that could fill their home with love, and then have them place it in the little house.
Every morning, pull out a slip of paper and read it aloud and encourage everyone to work on whatever was written on the paper. Maybe some answers could include ‘Speaking Kindly’, ‘Reading Scriptures’, ‘Saying Family Prayer’, ‘Making Time for Each Other’.
Do you like my ‘Happy Home’ Visiting Teaching idea? I hope you do, and are able to use if this month for your visits. You’ll have to stop by ‘Just Something I Made’ to print out her adorable house template. And then use the link below to print out my quote tags.
I hope you enjoy this month’s printable and use it for the sisters you visit. I would love to hear if you do, so be sure to leave me a comment. And if you feel like it, snap a picture and share it on my Facebook page or on Instagram and tag me (@littleldsideas).
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day.