Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Strengthening Family Time

Life has a way of shifting our focus. Often times we do not intend it to happen, we just lose focus on what is really important. We are orn between our work, church , family time, chores and family responsibilities. This is what you would commonly hear from parents. Family time is important. Raising a happy and well-rounded children takes an intentional and purposeful time.  Our interconnected web of relationship via social media are well estabished. In fact, the average time spent on social media is nine hours a day (Asano, 2017). Nine hours a day...let that sink in.

How much do we spend quality and interactive time with our family. The family right in front us. I once read a quote that says.." the most meaningful conversation you will have are from the ones right in fron of you".  Quality, purposeful, intentional and interactive time with our family is essential. For kids, they feel loved and important, for older kids, they will feel a sense of belonging. Parents can destress too just by spending time, making positive memories with the whole family.  How do we strengthen family time? Here's a few tip on how we can strengthen and bond with your family.

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1. Ask every member of the family what is their idea of family fun. Start by asking them with ideas that doesn't cost money.
2. Do not bring your work to your home.
3. Eat dinner together.
4. When you have to get chores and errands done, make it a family affair.
5. Schedule dates. Movie nights at home are inexpensive.
6. Saying no to commitments to prioritize family time.
7. Cook or bake together.
8. Log off at 7pm. Unplug and put your cellphones away.
9. Schedule blocks of time for chores or your to do list. Set a timer.
10. Go to church together.





 About Family Honor Plate
Step #1 MOM AND DAD - BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL:
The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children. This is how our children learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.
Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT:
 Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.
Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER:
Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE. This is when you: · Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific). Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.


Included in the box:
Ceramic Family Honor Plate to be painted by YOU!
8 Vibrant USA-made enamel paints
3 Paint brushes
1 Painter's palette
1 Plate stand
Bonus Pack of Sample Table Thyme Discussion Starters
Online Support through Parenting and Instructional videos created to encourage and support you.

TABLE THYME DISCUSSION CARDS



     Every question is followed up with "Why?" to take everyone's answers to a deeper more intimate level. That's where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as..."What is your favorite dessert?" for example, rather than someone answering "Apple Pie" and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit." Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door." Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.


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