General Conference, Age 6

October 4, 2009    By: Matt W. @ 9:06 am   Category: Life

My oldest is 6, and paid attention to conference quite a bit this time, with the help of stickers, the packet from the friend, and lots of snacks.

For President Monson’s opening remarks she drew a picture of the temple and a helicopter. (So she says anyway)

When asked what President Uchtdorf spoke about, she informed us it was “recycling”.

And Elder Oaks talked about how it’s important we “don’t smoke”.

On the other hand, Elder Bednar did talk about Families (Note that I have the ears of a dog.)

and Richard G. Scott did talk about Spirit (Although the spirits he spoke of like to pick flowers, according to the drawing she made)

How are your kids doing this conference?


  1. I enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by chericem — October 4, 2009 @ 9:59 am

  2. Not as good as your 6 year old.

    Comment by Jacob J — October 4, 2009 @ 10:36 am

  3. These are priceless. Frame them!

    Comment by meems — October 4, 2009 @ 11:15 am

  4. My six year old kept asking relevant questions. When we praised her for listening, she insisted that she was merely coloring.

    When I skipped past a song to get closer to “live” feed, my four year old matter-of-factly complained.

    Frankly, I’ve been extremely impressed by their attention and behavior.

    Comment by Ben Pratt — October 4, 2009 @ 11:16 am

  5. brilliant post!

    My 8-yr old made a game of Conference Bingo and we played together. My other kids (all younger) made forts with blankets.

    Comment by BrianJ — October 4, 2009 @ 11:17 am

  6. Ours did pretty well for the Saturday sessions, but today was a different story. :) My 11yo daughter even shushed me on Saturday.

    Comment by Kim Siever — October 4, 2009 @ 5:28 pm

  7. My six year old is our youngest. He kept fighting with his brothers. Much of the session was sorta like being in time-out for him.

    So, does your six year old believe that spirits are in human form? (more-or-less)….Interesting.

    Comment by Eric Nielson — October 5, 2009 @ 5:42 am

  8. Eric, I’m not sure, I’d probably assume so, based on her studies of anthropomorphism. It’s kind of side hobby for her when she isn’t working on solving world hunger, writing essays on the merits of James Joyce, or picking out “Hello Kitty” accessories.

    Comment by Matt W. — October 5, 2009 @ 6:39 am

  9. We have great success with a system I read on the bloggernacle a few years back. We pick a key word before each talk (Faith, Family, etc.) and whenever the speaker uses the word the kids get a treat (M&M, Brownie Chunk, etc.).

    My five kids listen like hawks.

    Comment by TStevens — October 9, 2009 @ 6:42 am

  10. Tstevens, we tried that, but the 2 year old didn’t get it.

    Comment by Matt W. — October 9, 2009 @ 7:02 am