Week Four Challenges! Our final week!!!

“No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?” - Lee Iacocca

Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.

-- Brad Henry

“It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”

How about that last quote.? I love them all but especially the last one. It reminds us that parents grow too, we are also learning, just as our children are. This week, I want our weekly focus to remember just that. Remember that we, too, learn from our mistakes. It is never too late to make changes you’d like to make, or things you’d like to do. Today is a new day!

Saturday, June 23rd:

Today I want you to make the time to help your children draw a picture of themself. Point out to them all of their features that you love, their character traits that you love, and share any cute stories you might have of when they were younger, funny things that they might have done, etc. Make sure to tell them the special role that they play in your family and how much you appreciate them just simply being themselves.

Sunday, June 24th:

Today think about how much your child strives to be JUST like you. You probably notice little behaviors that they caught onto from yourself or your spouse. You are the biggest role model for your children, so be sure to keep this in mind. Be aware of your actions and your words--are they actions and words you would like your child repeat? Today watch for your OWN habits you might want to work on, words you might want to eliminate, and make a goal to work on them.

"Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach."

-- Arnold Glasow

Monday, June 25th:

Today teach your child something new. This is totally open, but here are some ideas: teach them how to set the table,show them how you load the washing machine, make their favorite meal, etc.

Tuesday, June 26th:

 Family walk! Simple as that! When & Where you want! :)

Wednesday, June 27th:

What would your child choose Wednesday? Today I want you to focus within yourself on involving your children in more decision making, and choices. Teach them the importance of their decisions and make them feel that THEIR choices matter, and that they have a choice, period. You can do this in simple ways...make a spread of only great, healthy options for dinner, but allow them to choose WHAT of it they want to eat. Give them choices, period, whatever it may be. They might have to wear a nice outfit for church, or play clothes to play, but let them choose from 3 instead of forcing them into just one. Remember that these simple things show that they are important.

Thursday, June 28th:

Today was a cute idea from one of you lovely followers...whisper day! This reader feels as though sometimes her children tend to listen better to her when she whispers and turn it into a game by whispering back. Does your child/ren do this? Either way, make sure today to NOT raise your voice, and definitely not to yell at your children. Keep your voice down and even whisper if you'd like. You can even make a whisper game out of it with your kids :) Just no yelling or raising your voice.

Friday, June 29th:

Today’s challenge, make your own family pledge. As we near the end of our challenge, I want you to sit down with your family and make your very own family pledge. If you need some ideas, pledge 1 thing you will always do, 1 thing you will never do, and several things your family will strive to do. Discuss them with your children and involve them in the process, discuss these things frequently so that they catch onto the importance of them and get a sense of the teamwork involved in being part of your special family.

Saturday, June 30th:

You did it! Congratulations! Today just take the day to celebrate with your family, spend the day together, do something you’ve all been wanting to go, or eat your favorite meal, whatever you want! Just enjoy your time together!

"Presence is more than just being there."

-- Malcolm Forbes