Twice a year we block out Saturday and Sunday to watch and listen to our church leaders in General Conference. It's two two-hour blocks on each day. We expect our kids to watch with us.
This isn't easy.
I've tried a few things in the past to help them stay focused. This year I added Conference Cash to the equation. They could earn Cash by completing activity pages and taking notes from the speakers. They did a pretty admirable job.
Then, after each session, they could shop in the reward store. Mason was especially motivated by the Legos (we found a huge stash at a recent yard sale--so awesome). Bree spent most of her money on candy.
My favorite thing about this set-up was that they paid attention, and were pretty quiet most of the time. Which allowed me to actually listen and take my own notes. The older I get, the more I seem to get out of Conference. It truly is a highlight. And if my kids remember nothing else, I hope they remember that we always made an effort to watch, and I hope they learn to look forward to it.