Author: Danielle Ford

Expect Amazing

Expectations can be self-fulfilling.  Many times what you plan for or expect is close to what becomes a reality.  For example, if you expect something bad will happen it usually does.  On the other hand, when you expect something to turn out positive and you keep on working at it with positive expectations, it usually does. Let’s help our children live abundantly and teach them to expect amazing things to happen as they live their lives.  Discuss the following questions to begin a conversation about expectations.     Table Topics | Question 1 How do your expectations influence the...

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The Noise of a Happy Family

Have you ever closed your eyes and listened to your family? You may hear kids wrestling with one another, music in a back bedroom and the laughter of the imagination of kids playing together. What if you closed your eyes and heard nothing? Recently, after an Easter get together, one mom said, “Listen to all this fun!” I asked her what she meant and she said, “This is the sound of a happy family”. We both just looked around and smiled back at each other in agreement. Later that evening, when everyone had left, Bill and I recounted the...

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Spring is a Season

As the spring season awakens nature from its winter sleep, the warmer weather brings more than April showers and May flowers.  Spring is also a time for renewal in many areas of our family life.  With the school year almost over, graduations, and typically a few weddings, we are reminded of the promises of the future in the spring season.  Use these conversation starters to encourage your children to dream of their future and to understand that life also has seasons. Table Topics | Question 1 What do you like most about spring? r Discover Ask your children to...

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Do you have an Emergency Plan?

Spring is coming and we know that with spring comes the potential for dangerous weather. Being prepared with an emergency plan is not only a good conversation starter for the dinner table but also a way to insure safety when the unexpected happens. Use these questions to help prepare your family. Table Topics | Question 1 Why do we need an emergency plan? r Discover If you already have one, use this time to ask if they remember it or if they think it needs revised. Reassure them that talking about your emergency plan is no cause for alarm...

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Happy New Year

Every New Years we gather around the table for this annual discussion. The goal of this conversation starter is to open up the table for honesty and transparency. If you really want to know how your kids feel or what they are thinking, you are about to find out. Table Topics | Question 1 As a family this new year, what things should we start doing that we are not doing now? r Discover This will tell you volumes about what they believe your family should be doing to become more like the family they want, envision or desire....

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