I've been thinking on Charlotte's writings on the nature of children. I am trying to adjust my parenting and our home atmosphere to more accurately fit into her thoughts on the ideal home. I have tried to pin point some specific things I can start doing now.
There are two concrete things I have done so far. First I have been chatting with my kids about their behavior, how it is affecting others and how it affects them. We especially talk a great deal about emotions and also inconveniencing others. I do not nag them or lecture them. I just simple have a short casual conversation with them. This ends without hurt feelings or anger on both our parts. The second change has been inspiring them. I am finding thoughts, scriptures and quotes to inspire them to change. For example, after they failed to do some chores required of them I read this quote to them before bed. "Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all." ~Sam Ewing. I tried not to lecture or explain, I did help them define the word character. We talked about how character can be good and bad and neither. Kaleb(6) asked me if I could read that quote to them every night before bed. I am making these small changes in my own personal habits to help ensure a more loving atmosphere and happier home life all around.