Bringing The Family Together

"The Best Way To Predict The Future Is To Create It."
                                                                                                                                                                Peter Dricker

Occupation: Mom

I'm a mother and depending who is calling me, I am mom, mama or marmee.  One of the things I love most about being a mom are the many opportunities for teaching moments.  One of our favorite sayings in our home is "No Empty Chairs".  It simply means we are a family and we are in this together.  We all have a responsibility to care and watch out for each other.  We want a complete family, everyone accounted for, no lost sheep.

No Empty Chairs

Life gets pretty hectic with schedules, school, work, responsibilities and a number of interruptions. One way we found helpful to connect with our kids while they were growing up was to adhere to the counsel of having a Family Home Evening.  This is a night set aside once a week  for the family where we gather round and talk to each other about what's going on in our lives, talk about goals, reinforce our love and God's love.  Monday Night for us was off limits to the demands of the world. 

What anticipations await us when we come home?
I have fond memories of coming home from elementary school.  Mama would be at the dining room table planning our family night.   We were excited to contribute to the 'program'.  I recently found a little red, spiral notebook that I kept with the minutes of our family night programs.  I don't remember if I was assigned to be the secretary or I appointed myself to the position, but it was nostalgic reading my childish handwriting of the nights events.

Always a talent was displayed.  Anything from reading a poem,  a musical number or a magic trick.
 "Hide not your talents: they for use were made.  What's a sundial in the shade."  Benjamin Franklin
Everybody likes to be a part of family night.  A great way to show your kids how special they are.
  In one of the lessons Mr. T and I had with our kids we taught them etiquette where they learned to shake hands with an adult.  The next Sunday at church the greeter at the door was very impressed with their handshakes.  He said they weren't wimpy 'fish' handshakes.  The kids were very pleased and proud to know they had learned something important.
Our Family Night was complete with an activity and treats. Afterwards everyone would get their assignment for the next week and then we would kneel together and have a family prayer followed by a big group hug.  Off to bed they would go knowing they were loved. They came to understand that they were part of a bigger picture.  They were part of a family that cared, loved by parents and loved by their sisters. We will always look out for each other so we won't  have any empty chairs.

"Raising Kids is like a marathon.  It's going to be a long run, but before you know it, it's over."

                  Home is the most important place in the world.

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