10+ ways to build a strong family foundation

10+ ways to build a strong family foundation

We sat down at the parent-teacher conference and expected to hear about our child’s progress since the last meeting. We are used to hearing that our child is helpful and kind, a good student, and a joy in class. What we didn’t expect to hear was how much the teacher loves hearing about all the family things we do. The teacher raved about our child explaining birthday traditions, visits from extended family, and chore systems.

What? That’s what it’s impressive about our family?

The teacher explained that many students these days don’t have such strong connections with their families. Everyone is so busy with their own schedules that time as a family unit gets ignored. And if they do get time together? It’s not really all that together. They exist in the same physical space but the connection aspect is missing.

Even a simple idea like choosing a birthday meal was foreign to some kids. These traditions that our family took for granted as normal life were creating bonds between us that will keep our relationships strong.

Now don’t think we have it all together. Heck, there are days I wonder if anyone likes anyone in this house! But then I step back and see one kid pat another on the back for doing a good job, or offer to help someone with a difficult task, and I realize that maybe we aren’t screwing everything up. My prayer is that the foundations we are laying down now with these intentional acts will continue to build on one another so our family can stick together in any storm that may come our way.

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Coming off a four day weekend made the transition back to normal life hard. I don't even think the transition back from Christmas break was that hard! Everyone's moods were on edge and lots of icky attitudes infiltrated our days. But by the end of the week we turned a corner. 

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We had another four day week which meant every day I had no clue what day it actually was. I really loved our bonus family day but man, it threw me off! I did finally get my head on straight and accomplished quite a bit that I needed to get done this week. Now I'm ready for a "normal" week with nothing on the calendar. Plus, it's October now which means three of the kids have birthdays this month so I need to get planning and shopping! 

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Um, it was an interesting week. The "fun" actually started last Saturday while I was at the Women's event at our church. Parker started vomiting and didn't stop most of the day. He woke up feeling better but incredibly worn out on Sunday. This meant I went to church alone while Micah stayed home with the kids, just in case anyone else was carrying germs.

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My Monthly Goals {Update on February and goals for March}

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It's only two or three days shorter but man this month still flew by. Then again, every month seems to fly by since we are already hitting March and I swear I still have crumbs from Christmas hiding in my kitchen. Oh man... that was supposed to be a joke but now I wonder if I do!

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