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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Um, is it really February? Yup, yup it is. That means it's almost birthday season again around these parts. Mercedes birthday is in less than two weeks so she's been busy changing her mind about food and dessert every time I ask her about it. I think she's finally settled on a real menu for her actual day and party but cake design is still a constant struggle. She comes up with an idea, we spend time on Pinterest getting a visual, then the next day it's a new idea. It was way easier when I could suggest something and she would agree. Darn these kids having opinion of their own ;) 

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It's amazing what a difference a week can make! This week was so much better and when I did feel tensions rising and moods getting ready to turn to the negative I knew what needed to happen. I'd put down the housework, turn on worship music, and we'd cuddle on the couch. Or we'd turn on Just Dance Kids and wiggle until we giggled. It broke the hold that the stress of homework, housework, or whatever else had on us and gave us a chance to simply be together. 

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