For Families: Month 11

Week One

Day 1
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Prompt

Talk about one of your best friends and what about your relationship means the most.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your ideas have in common?

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Daily Challenge

This week, as you think about the qualities that make a relationship great, work at BEING the type of friend you appreciate.

Day 2
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Prompt

When a friendship (or relationship) starts to unravel, what are some positive ways to work through differences?

Connecting

Connecting

What was similar about your responses? What role does listening play in working through differences?

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Daily Challenge

This week, really listen to your friends and family members. Value their opinions and be open to having differing perspectives.

Day 3
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Prompt

What are some things we can do to help prevent relationship struggles?

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Connecting

Talk about some general things people your age can do to help build stronger relationships rather than create struggles.

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Daily Challenge

This week, be mindful of your behavior and how it effects the people around you. The best way to avoid relationship struggles is to be the type of person you want to have a relationship with!

Week Two

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Prompt

Communication is key to keeping good friends and a healthy family. What sort of difficulties arise when we don’t try to talk through our differences?

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Connecting

What was similar in your observations?

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Daily Challenge

Today, commit to addressing difficult topics quickly rather than allowing them to fester. You don’t need to confront your friend, but rather invite them, or ask whether they’d be willing to have a conversation about… and then name what it is. When both people are willing to listen, it is worth the effort!

Day 2
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Prompt

This prompt will be done together as a family. If you can, sit in a circle.

If something hurtful happens between friends or family members, what signals or words can we use to call attention to it without being defensive, abrasive or blaming? If the following ideas haven’t surfaced, you might add that saying “ouch” if you’re the one who feels hurt, and replying with “oops” if you said the hurtful thing, then anybody can say “pause,” place a hand on your chest to indicate the desire or willingness that we stop for a moment, take a deep breath and talk it through.

Connecting

Connecting

What was similar about your responses? What role does listening play in working through differences?

challenge

Daily Challenge

This week, really listen to your friends and family members. Value their opinions and be open to having differing perspectives.

Day 3
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Prompt

Today is a day for a Blue Sky Moment. Find one to listen to as a family here.

Week Three

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Prompt

Dreams are fun to think about. Maybe you want to be an ice dancer or a police officer. Or learn to play instrument really well. But dreams without goals are just dreams. How can you create some specific goals to help you accomplish your dreams?

Connecting

Connecting

Did you have anything in common about your goals?

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Daily Challenge

This week, keep thinking about some small goals that will help you achieve your larger goals.

Day 2
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Prompt

Most of the time, achieving goals is HARD WORK. Even if you want to get really good at playing an instrument, sometimes it’s hard to want to practice every day. What are some ways can we stay motivated when things get hard?

Connecting

Connecting

Which of your partner’s ideas did you most appreciate?

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Daily Challenge

Today, think about what you will do to stay motivated when pursuing your goals becomes difficult. And as family, think about how you can be encouragers of one another.

Day 3
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Prompt

This prompt will be done together as a family. If you can, sit in a circle.

People don’t get famous instantly. It usually takes years of hard work to reach success. During your sharing time, think of as many well-known, successful people as you can and what they had to do to become successful. Maybe it’s a sports figure, a scientist, or an inventor. They all had to work really hard.

Connecting

Connecting

What did the journeys of the people you each mentioned have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, remember that you can often achieve success when you work hard at achieving it. Consider making some post-it note encouragements or affirmations for yourself and for others as reminders.

Week Four

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Prompt

What are some things people your age can do to start (or continue) down the path of success? Here’s an example: If you want to be a famous author when you’re older, you could start writing right now and keep getting better. Let’s each share an example as we go around the circle.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your observations have in common?

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Daily Challenge

Today is another step forward toward your own success. Just naming something is the beginning of mastery. Today, realize you have the power to influence this part of your future.

Day 2
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Prompt

We’ve spoken about change recently. How have you grown and changed since we started 5 Radical Minutes?

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Connecting

What can you appreciate about what your partner shared? What stood out the most?

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Daily Challenge

Today, appreciate the place into which you’ve grown. And appreciate that those around you are growing and changing as well.

Day 3
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Prompt

Let’s focus on people who seem different from us. During your turn, talk about two or three types of people that you think have very different lives than yours perhaps because of their race, ethnic group, physical handicaps or other challenges. Talk about how you think they are challenged in ways you perhaps have an easier life.

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Connecting

In your shared time, talk about all the things you realize that you actually have in common with those people you mentioned earlier.

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Daily Challenge

This week, each time you see someone that you realize you think is quite different from you, see how many things you can think of that you have in common.

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