Take the family time challenge to help your family draw closer together. Enjoy a meal together without the distractions of the world. Your kids will thank you.
Have you noticed? The world is getting really crazy out there.
I can't imagine dealing with the problems that my kids deal with on a daily basis at school. They are constantly bombarded with worries about school safety, about pregnancy among their friends, about bulling, about so many crazy things. I am scared silly for them.
That's why I try hard to make our home a place of refuge for my husband and kids. I need to know that when they come home they can check the craziness at the door. They need to know they are loved unconditionally and without the doubts that the world throws at them.
To try and do this, I have tried to find the little moments to enjoy with my kids. We dance in the kitchen. We make cookies together. We play board games. We laugh and talk and sing together.
I recently heard a family challenge to try and do one extra "something" a week to show your family that you love them. I wanted to pass that family challenge on to you.
|St Patricks Day Dinner|
The challenge this week is to have family dinner and make it a little special for your family. If that means putting on a table cloth and having a simple candlelight dinner with your kids, go do it!
If you want to go a little more elaborate, choose a theme for your family dinner and dress up the table. Every time that I do this, my kids are amazed, thrilled, and look forward to dinner so much more. It's fun to have a theme for your family dinner. Choose a back to school theme, a favorite movie theme, a holiday theme, or even just a sunflower autumn theme.
When dinner time comes, spend the time off the TV, phones, and electronics and just talk together. Your kids will love that you spent the time concentrating on them. It doesn't have to take a lot of extra time or work, just a little extra thought.
To you it may not mean much to throw a table cloth and some candle on the table, but to your kids, it will mean the world. It will mean that you love them more than the crazy world.
Before you know it, you'll be sending them off into the craziness of the world full time. And you'll miss the little moments that show your family that they are special and are loved. Because to a child, the greatest way to show them they love them is spelled TIME.
Do you think you'll do it? Will you take the family challenge and make one dinner a little "extra: this week? I'd love to hear what you do in the comments below.