A typical Family Home Evening in our house goes down like this:
Mr. Brown Eyes or I will offer the opening prayer.
We'll sit down at the piano and tell Brown-Eyed Boy we're going to sing a song. He will either a) sit on my lap and take over the piano so thoroughly that I can hardly plunk out a tune or b) keep turning the piano off (it's electric) and, after the fifteenth or so time of being told no, he will fall down on the floor and wail.
When we finally get him calmed down, we'll sit down for a lesson. This is about the time Brown-Eyed Boy decides he wants to do anything but sit down for a lesson, and he'll beg for Mighty Machines, or chase after the cat, or grab our hands and demand that we run around the house with him. Sometimes we will be able to distract him with a picture or a visual aid. Most of the time we have to tell him, "No, we're not playing right now," and he will fall down on the floor and wail.
Undaunted, we press forward and give the lesson (short and sweet, usually from the Nursery Manual) with his cries in the background. In between sniffles, he'll finally crawl onto our laps, but he's in no mood to cooperate with us, despite our efforts to draw him in:
"Look, is this a picture of Jesus?"
"Jesus loves you very much."
"Mommy and Daddy love you very much, too."
"Do you want chocolate for dessert?"
Or, with my luck, he will say yes, and then I will discover that our house is completely devoid of chocolate. When I tell Brown-Eyed Boy this, he will fall down on the floor and wail.
And at that point, so will I.
So how do you do Family Home Evening? How do you make it fun for two year-olds, or kids of any age?
Looking forward to Monday nights,
The Brown-Eyed Girl