In my husband's words, "Nothing detracts from the Spirit more than dogs and kids." As I cast my mind back on my own mission experiences I realize he is exactly right.
This idea came from Linda, a fellow missionary mom on the Missionary Mom's of Columbus Ohio Facebook page. Help your missionary be prepared for distractions by supplying him with a few coloring books and crayons for the little ones while the parents are receiving the lessons. The coloring books only come out during a lesson and then are retired to the missionaries backpack until the next time they come over. A travel soap container worked perfectly to hold a 24 count boz of crayons from being lost and broken in the deep, dark recesses of their bag and soiling precious scriptures and teaching materials. Thanks for the brilliant idea, Linda!