As we sat around our dinner table last night, I posed this question to my family: “What’s at the top of your post-quarantine bucket list?”
The responses were heartfelt and simple: “Hang out with friends and neighbors, eat at a favorite restaurant, go to the library, walk to the ice cream shop, get back to a sports practice or fitness routine.
It’s only been a few weeks, but the nostalgia for these regular activities was apparent.
Ahhh, summer break has arrived. Longer days, less structure and more family time can be a recipe for bliss…or battles and boredom. So last night at dinner I asked this question: “How can we make this an awesome summer for our family?”…
Have you ever noticed how people light up when they talk about something they’re passionate about? Our passions energize and inspire us. They define who we are.
At dinner the other night, I asked this question to learn more about my family’s passions:
What Inspires You?
The anticipation of gifts is so exciting for kids, it can easily overshadow other special holiday traditions. So last night at dinner we talked about what else we really enjoy about the holidays. This discussion shed some light on other meaningful traditions and observations that my family has grown to cherish. Here are just aContinue reading “Family Dinner Topic: What Do You Enjoy Most About the Holidays?”
Last week, I wrote about focusing on what really matters as parents. For me, that’s making sure my kids feel loved and worthy. A book that helped me ensure my kids feel loved is The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman.
In 2014, after reading about the importance of practicing gratitude, I purchased four small spiral notebooks, one for each member of my family. I shared my idea of writing down and sharing things we were grateful for every now and again at dinner.
Unfortunately, my family didn’t share my enthusiasm for the idea.
What I love most about my family’s weekly dinner topics is that I always learn something unexpected. And that something helps me better understand and connect with the people I love more than anything in the world.
The other night, I asked this question: What would you like our family to do more?
As a child who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, I missed the whole Emotional Intelligence (EQ) bus. My family didn’t talk about emotions or practice how to regulate them in a healthy way.
So when my kids were babies, I realized I had a lot to learn to help my family (and myself) develop EQ.
Dinnertime has grown into an important ritual at our house. We’ve made it a priority to eat together, as a family, as much as possible since my daughters were little. When the four of us gather around the table, we share the best and hardest parts of the day, dreams, laughs and sometimes tears. Occasionally,Continue reading “Family Dinner Topic: What About Our Family Makes You Want to Come Home?”