So, I decided to try having it on my own, using the picture readers published by the Church. Each night we'd gather on the couch and try reading a chapter together. The operative word is try. Here's what the boys would rather be doing:One night in particular that I remember, the baby was already asleep, and half-way through our chapter, the toddler wandered off. I decided that it was better to finish reading with the older boys than to go chase him and make him stay, so we continued reading. A few minutes later I heard a huge crash from the other room. Apparently, Brad wanted a closer look at this poster which had just been framed and was propped on my dresser waiting to be hung. Somehow he tried climbing up and in the process everything on top of the dresser landed on him. (Fortunately, he was fine, but the poster had to be re-framed.)I finally got the message that family scripture study is a priesthood responsibility and I should quit worrying about it. (Maybe that's not true doctrine, but it certainly made my life less stressful.) We still read scripture stories together, but it was more one-on-one as part of the bedtime routine.
A couple of years went by, and Dad's heart was touched. (I think it helped that he was released as YM Pres and completed his MBA!) He decided it was time to start daily family scripture study. After a family vote (Book of Mormon or Bible), we pulled out Genesis, and started at the beginning.
We figured the best time to capture the boys' attention was at the start of the day. After gathering around the table and having family prayer, Dad would read while the boys ate breakfast. It worked! (At least it worked until we moved, but that's a story for another day.)
I hope family scripture study has made a difference in these young men's lives. I certainly appreciate the lessons I've learned over the years, both from the process of trying to keep this commandment and the actual discussions of gospel topics found in the scriptures. Remember it really is easier to start this habit when your kids are young. Remember also that fathers are to preside over their families - to make sure they're receiving all the temporal and spiritual protection that they need. Of course, it will be different for each individual family, and that's why it's so wonderful that we can receive guidance directly from our Heavenly Father to help us.