So twice a year our chuch has Stake Conference where a bunch of the local wards meet together in one building and listen to talks and wonderful music in order to strengthen each other and increase unity. Two hours is a long time for my little rascals to sit so we hijacked an idea we saw on pinterest to make it easier for my kids to pay attention and sit nicely. They pick four important words that they think will be talked about and they mark each time they hear it said and then at the end of the talk they get some snacks or candies. Kyan can't read yet so I had Vance draw him some pictures so he could do it too. He actually sat really well and listened. This was only one of his papers and for a new 5 year old boy hearing and listening that many times is impressive =)
Melia is getting really good at reading and she listened VERY well. Guess what was talked about mostly at conference this year. She made a check mark every time she heard the word.
I learn a lot about what I need to focus on when I try to simplify things for my children.