Gathering the family together at the table and feeding them can bring a whole host of challenges, but also a whole lot of opportunities to learn and connect. Three authors share some of what they’ve learned in getting dinner and family to the table.
Posts in the "Building Relationships" category:
A Surprising Lesson the Night I Broke Routine
When bedtime didn’t go as planned, I found a way to show my son that I don’t just love him, I enjoy him too.
Finding One-on-One Time with Your Children
As busy parents it is easy to overlook the gift of time we can give our kids. With so many needs to be met, we felt like we were always in triage mode and missing the chance to enjoy our children, until we instituted a policy of one-on-one time.
How to Talk to Little Girls
Upon seeing my girls, many people have the same reaction. “What pretty little girls!” or “I love your fancy dress!” There is nothing innately wrong with these expressions. But what is the long-term consequence on little girls when the first thing anyone says to them is about how they look.
A Valentine’s Day Lesson I Learned from My Dad
There are so many ways to celebrate the loves in our lives on and around February 14. We get to create that love and those traditions in our families. So whether it’s with candlelit dinners, “heart attacks,” special breakfasts, or trinkets from the dollar store, look for ways to love.
Seven Ways to Keep the Love Alive in Your Marriage
Creating a marriage that leaves you feeling twitterpated at the end of each day doesn’t happen automatically–especially when you have children, but here are seven ideas that have helped me to savor the opportunity I have to live with my Prince Charming!
Five Important Lessons Learned from Being a “Lifetime Mom”
I’ve pretty much been all the moms: the teenage mom, the mid-20’s mom, the “mature” mom, the single mom, the married mom, the stay-at-home mom, the working mom, etc. And I have learned many valuable lessons through all of these experiences. Here are some of the best.
How to Tell a Teenager, “I Love You”
For a teenager, its just not “cool” to ask mommy for a hug when you’re sad, or to demand attention for a job well done by incessantly chanting, “look, look, look mommy, look!” (Which works, right?) So, how do we show teenagers love in a way they can receive?
Book Summary: Petra’s Power to See
Messages in the media can be both inspiring and harmful. It’s important children recognize the difference and become experts in deconstructing these ideas so they can avoid unrealistic goals or expectations often showcased in various media.
Five Strategies to Help Your Family Fight Technology Addiction [Season 3, Episode 10]
What should we do if we or our loved ones are spending too much time on our devices? In this audio post, Andrea Davis shares five strategies to help our families fight technology addiction. Listen in for some practical ideas that can help!
One-on-One Time with the Kid of the Week
In addition to simplifying my life a little, I feel like I’m truly connecting with my children now on a meaningful basis. Those moments we steal away together during their dedicated week have added up and I can sense it in our relationship with one another.
Transforming Christmas: How to Give Experiences
I wanted to relieve the holiday pressure while also creating meaningful memories for our kids. I’d heard of people doing experiences for Christmas but worried that our children would feel let down with fewer presents to open. We decided to try nonetheless and called them Family Fun Days.