How can we resist temptations?
Read scriptures (ie Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13) as you consider ways you can resist temptation. Children, teens and adults all benefit from role play scenarios in which they act out what they would do during certain situations. Practicing different ways of saying “No” to temptation will prepare your family members with an immediate response to temptation.
Tip: Read the scenarios (included in the packet) of times you may be tempted to make a wrong choice. Let each member of the family choose a stop sign response to the temptation. Hold up the sign and say no to temptation using the words on the sign.
Tip: Choose the scenarios that are appropriate for your family. Make up more scenarios that relate to your family.
Tip: Yelling the words, singing the words, whispering the words, all these variations help instill a memorable response to temptation.
Tip: Consider taping the stop signs to popsicle sticks.
Tip: Let your family fill in the blank signs with their own way of saying no to temptation.
Tip: Act out the scenarios, then have family members race to their favorite way of saying no. The first one who gets to the sign and says no is the winner. (How quickly can you make the right choice?)
Tip: Social Psychologists suggest that rather than saying “I don’t want to (take drugs)” that instead you say “I don’t do (drugs.)” It sends the message that you won’t be convinced to change your mind because it’s not a matter of what youwant to do or don’t want to do. It’s simply that you just don’t do it.