7 Family Discussion Questions Boost Kids' Self-Image

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FUN DISCUSSIONS WITH KIDS PROMOTE FAMILY UNITY!

Praise or criticism, which motivates kids to do their best? Too much criticism often makes people bitter not better. Research advises us to give 3-6 compliments for every negative comment because kind remarks help lessen the sting from complaints.

If you must disapprove of your child’s behavior, there are 3 rules:

  1. Do it privately.
  2. Be brief, no lectures.
  3. Suggest a positive behavior or solution.

Goal for Giving Praise

You don’t want your child to live for other people’s approval. A nickname for pure approval seekers is "Love Slob."No one wants to hear their child called a "Love Slob."

Your goal in using praise is to increase your child’s inner motivation which means they do their best because that’s their positive self-image. It’s who they know they are.

Use our gift today which includes the poem, “I Caught You Being Good Today,” by downloading, discussing, and getting your children to answer the 7 discussion questions.

If you do, you’ll find out:

  1. How criticism feels to your children.
  2. Whether they notice each others mistakes more than their good qualities.
  3. What would motivate them the most, criticisms or compliments.
  4. If they’d like to focus on the good in each other more often.
  5. How they’d like to share with each member the good they see.
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How Loving Families Promote Self-Esteem - a SlideShare Activity

 

Slideshare Happy Family Compliments
 
THIS SLIDESHARE PRESENTATION SHOWS PARENTS EXACTLY WHAT TO DO

Many busy parents want fun-loving activities for building character and raising caring children. This brief SlideShare gives parents an easy way to teach kids to notice the good in each other. When youngsters are trained to search for, remember, and tell each other compliments, everybody wins.

Those who receive praise love hearing it. Those who give praise develop a positive mindset toward others. Positive thinkers live happier lives. They attract friendships and spread good will to others.

It is hoped that this activity will lessen tattling, blaming, and whining.

Below this SlideShare you can copy the short script to use as a guide. I suggest you add it to a binder to use whenever you need it.

Please watch it and share it on your social media sites.

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Parenting Gift: 7 Kind Comments Boost Family Harmony

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SHARING COMPLIMENTS PROMOTES FAMILY LOVE!


 If you want to encourage family unity, give genuine praise. Here's a weekly practice that each family member can easily do. Once a week each parent and child puts his name in a small box. Place it in the middle of the dinner table. Each member picks a name and tells what positive behavior they noticed in that person during the past week.

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Put your family's names in a small box.

 

In this parenting gift you will find 7 honest compliments given by each member of a family team. Read them aloud to use as an example of what to say to each other.

Ask your family if they’d like to do this activity once a week. Vote on which day is best for everyone. Then make it a habit.

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Family Fun ~ Christmas Craft with Kids Takes 1 Hour

If you're a parent and you're looking for something fun to do with your kids, try this. It's from Disney's Family Fun website.

 

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Family Fun with Beads and Wreath

Total Time Needed:
1 Hour

The wreath can symbolize the circle of friendship, which makes this decorative sun catcher just the gift for almost anyone on your family's list.

Materials
  • 16- to 20-gauge silver-colored craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Translucent plastic beads (with center holes large enough to thread the wire through)
  • Ribbon
  • Fishing line or monofilament
Instructions
  1. Cut the wire to a length that will form a loop the size of the wreath you plan to make plus 6 inches (16-gauge wire works best for larger wreaths).
  2. Curl one end to keep the beads from sliding off, then thread on the beads from the opposite end.
  3. Twist the wire ends together to close the circle and wrap the loose ends around the wire between the beads.
  4. Tie on a ribbon and a loop of fishing line or monofilament for a hanger.

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Parents, it's your turn to take the stage:

What are your opinions about this blog post or your suggestions for helping your kids have fun during the holidays? Please answer in the comment link below.

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Family Conversations~How Families Have Fun Together

Family Conversations can create family fun. Our guest blogger today is Chanie Monoker, founder of the DAS Center. He'll tell you what he does to create fun in his family.

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"There is a "game" called Family Talk (and Family Talk 2) which is a series of cards on a ring with each card containing questions. While no ages are given, different questions are more appropriate for different ages.

It's a great way to have a neutral conversation about things that are meaningful to each person. Things like:

1. What's your favorite... or

2. What's your worst... or

3. Do you remember your driver's test?

The latter might be more appropriate for teens, but even tweens will enjoy listening to others' experiences."

To learn more about Chanie Monoker, go to

http://www.linkedin.com/in/dascenter

Owner at Das Center: Developing Awareness a Student at a time 


Additional Help: 

The Family Discussion Kit

You'll find 51 Dilemmas for Your Family to Enjoy Discussing.


Jean's Response:

I appreciate Chanie's idea about having fun together. Games are a great way to feel closeness and enjoy each other. They promote family conversations too.

Another way to have fun is to work on jigsaw puzzles together. Our extended family uses the easier 300 large piece puzzles. We ask each other for the pieces we need and talk about the puzzle during snack breaks.

We all have different styles. I always look for the outline pieces. My daughter looks for special pictures pieces inside the puzzle. Even my 3-year-old granddaughter finds pieces to add. And my 12-year-old granddaughter hides the last piece so she can add it at the end.

What's really neat is we all work together. We enjoy admiring our completed puzzle together too.

Having ways to enjoy each other goes a long way toward becoming a close-knit loving family.


What Do You Do for Family Fun?

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Family Fun ~ How Kids Discuss a Family Music Night

Would you like to build a happy character in your kids? Even if your family lacks talent, have fun together. Create a music night. Look inside to find out how.

"How do you spell Love to your children? T.I.M.E " - Source Unknown

Hold a Family Meeting:

Don’t let your kids become shy, fearful of making mistakes, or feel their opinions don’t count. Loosen them up by planning a family music night.

Help your kids discuss the following:

Find a night that fits for everyone

Decide which kitchen utensil will be the microphone

Pick out the best music to play

Ask, “Who wants to sing?

    Dance?

    Clap to rhythm?

    Whistle?

    Mime a song?

    Play an instrument?

On Family Music Night

When one round of songs is finished, take turns using the different ways to make music. Keep playing and exchanging until everyone has tried every method.

Become an orchestra. Pick the best song for everyone to express themselves together.

The family meeting helps everyone look forward to music night. When the members can be silly, express themselves without criticism, and have fun together, your family will be building a happy character within each person.

Additional Help:

Record your Family Meeting Discussion in our Family Meeting Diary. Years from now read your Family Diary and remember how much fun you had.

Want to have your comments, questions, tips, and first name included in my next Family Meeting eBook? Just  leave your comments below.

If spelling or grammar are problem, don't worry. I'll do the editing. To assure you of quality no links or objectionable material will be included.


Family Fun ~ Planning Bike Rides with Your Family

Where would your family like to bike? Are there special bike routes nearby? Or do you need a bike map to plan family fun? Look inside to see how family meetings can help you make the plans you need.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.  - John Muir

The Family Meeting

The family meeting is ideal for planning bike rides with your family. Deciding where to go, mountains, river paths, or wilderness can be an exciting way to get the children involved.

Find out who is willing to:

Check bike gears and wheels

Prepare a picnic basket

Pack a blanket or two

Get out the biking helmets

Bring emergency medical supplies

Bring some bike tools

Map out the bike trail

Get everyone’s ideas for making this biking trip a fun event. When everyone’s involved, you can be sure your family will have fun.

How do you plan family fun?

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Family Fun ~ I Dread Holidays!

Parenting is hard enough without planning for family holidays. Many mothers feel this way because they do all the work. Whether you're a working mom outside or inside the home, you may be expected to hold the party for your extended family too. You don't have to do all the work.

Family Values:

Many working moms remember how their stay-at-home mothers created delicious holidays. They feel guilty as they tell themselves, "I should do the same." Not so.

"If you want to work for world peace, go home and love your families." - Mother Teresa

The Family Meeting:

Holding family meetings is a way to love your families and share the work. Gather the family around the kitchen table and:

  • Talk about the meaning of the upcoming holiday
  • Get their ideas on how to celebrate that meaning
  • Choose the suggestions to follow
  • List the tasks needed
  • Assign names beside each task and the date for completing them
  • Post the tasks on the refrigerator
  • Check them off when completed

When 2 or more heads get together, who knows how many creative suggestions you'll get?

One more thing, have the extended family contribute something to the celebration too. When everyone's involved, your holiday may even be better than your mom's. You won't be dreading holidays either.

Try it and let me know how your next holiday goes.

How do you make your holidays fun and easy?

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Family Fun ~ How to Plan a Family Trip to the Swimming Pool

Family Fun ~ How to Plan a Family Trip to the Swimming Pool

Is creating family fun important to you? But are you the one who always plans, prepares, and packs everything? Look inside to find out how to share the work, the fun, and your family values too.

“Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.” Elbert Hubbard

Family Fun at Your Family Meeting

Do you ever feel like you’re dragging kids to pleasant events? You’re trying to make them happy and they’re grumbling. Family meetings have the power to change all that because they get your family involved in the planning.

How to Plan a Swimming Event at the Family Meeting

Get out the calendar. Choose a date when everyone’s together. Look up the family swim schedule. Teach your kids how to check the phone book or the internet to find out swim times. Notice the pool’s safety rules. Get the kids to discuss why the rules are important.

Choose Volunteers to Bring

·     Bathing Suits

·     Towels

·     Face masks

·     Swim toys

·     Ear plugs

·     Snorkeling gear,

·     Soap for the showers

Feel the excitement!

 If you do all the work, your children will not do much for themselves. But if you use the family meeting, they’ll plan, prepare, and pack too. Then everyone shares the work and the fun.

When you use the family meeting to plan family fun, please comment below. I’d love to know the results.

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Family Fun “Let’s Go Fishing!”

 How can fishing create family fun? Watch with pride as your Molly catches her first fish. Such feelings bring families together.

 

The Family Meeting

Use the family meeting to plan your fishing trips. Decide how each member will contribute. Together choose when to go, where, and who will be in charge of bringing:

  • fishing poles                     

  • small chairs            

  • blankets

  • picnic lunch                        

  • bait                           

  • sun screen

Even digging for worms can add to family fun!

Family Fun begins at the Family Meeting:

When you hold family meetings, you accomplish what no other activity can do better – create a loving close-knit loving family. Your family will learn to plan fun events like fishing trips. They’ll remember them too.

What’s your favorite family fun event? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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