For Families: Month 2

Week One

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

Did anybody notice anything about sleep? Were you remembering to be aware of that? Are you getting enough?

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Prompt

Today we’re going to watch a little longer video, and at the end of it, instead of our usual paired sharing, you’ll just be doing the connecting part this time for the few minutes.

Watch the video.

Connecting

Connecting

Who were you most surprised to see in the video? Did you already know that music stars are using breathing and mindfulness in order to be better musicians, but also to be better people? So who was a surprise?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, continue to be aware of what stresses you out.

Day 2
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Prompt

When it is your turn, share something you admire about someone. It can be someone others in the family know or not. Youth might talk about an adult or friend from school that no one else knows. It is about putting voice to things we admire. Again, parents can do a childhood memory if you’d like.

Connecting

Connecting

What kinds of traits were similar in the people you each described?

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Daily Challenge

Think about the person you mentioned that you admire, and this week, look for a time when you can do something that you think that person might do.

Day 3
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Prompt

When it is your turn, share something you notice about the seasons.

Connecting

Connecting

Talk together to generate a list of reasons that seasons are important. If you live in a place that has the same weather all year, such as the tropics, talk about how seasons might be important in places further from the equator. What kinds of crops depend on the seasons?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Seasons give us options for different kinds of sports, different kinds of crops, winters allow snow pack in the mountains to provide water during the drier summer seasons… there are lots of reasons most regions of our world have seasons.

Week Two

Day 1
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Prompt

When it is your turn, share what it is you most appreciate about your partner for today.

Connecting

Connecting

For your connecting time, talk about all the people in your world that would enjoy knowing that you appreciate them. Make plans to let them know!

challenge

Daily Challenge

We have a lot of things to appreciate about each other. This week, let at least three people know that you appreciate something about them.

Day 2
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Intro

Let’s do a check-in on who we let know of our appreciation. How did it go for each of you?

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Prompt

When it is your turn, talk about arguments. Not about a specific argument, but about what happens when people argue. Does arguing work? Does it help? Is it the best way to resolve conflict? Just say whatever you’d like.

To help everyone learn how to talk about some issues without making it entirely personal, you might begin by saying, “When people argue, ….” Then talk about better ways to resolve conflicts. Come up with at least two ways that are better than arguments.

Connecting

Connecting

What good ideas came up about resolving conflict? Talk about some of the best ways you’ve seen your family work things out. Are there ways your family could do a better job at this?

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Daily Challenge

Conflicts are bound to happen. There are lots of ways to work things out, but it needs to always show respect on all sides. In the future, when there is a conflict, one option that might be helpful would be to stop pushing forward to end the conflict and instead, to agree to stop and look at how you are going about it, and see if there might be a better way.

Day 3
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Intro

Were there conflicts this week? Was anybody able to take a look at how you were working it out?

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Prompt

When it is your turn, talk about the importance of being truthful — of telling the truth.

Connecting

Connecting

Talk about what you learned from one another’s comments.

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Daily Challenge

Sometimes telling the truth can be easy. But sometimes it’s really difficult. The person who benefits the most when you’re truthful is you. Notice how easy or hard it is to be honest.

Week Three

Day 1
Introduction

Intro

Any comments about honesty?

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Prompt

When it is your turn, talk about why laughter is so important. What happens when people laugh together?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you have in common?

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Daily Challenge

This week, notice how often or how rarely you laugh together as a family.

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

What did anyone notice about laughter?

[sharing time]

We will do one more video on mindfulness today, and then we’ll start alternating some days when we just do mindfulness, and some days when we watch videos about it. This is a quick, fun video that just reminds us why mindfulness is helpful. Then we’ll have our Paired Sharing again, but for shorter times because of the video.

Watch the video.

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Prompt

Today in your turn to speak, identify two or three areas that you can imagine improving if you had less stress. What kinds of skills or activities would you like to see be a little easier?

Connecting

Connecting

What surprised you about today’s video?

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Daily Challenge

Today, just try this one thing… when you feel overwhelmed or upset or stressed, take one really deep breath and release your breath as quickly as your body wants to exhale. Sometimes just taking one deep breath gives us time to relax. Try it!

Day 3
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Prompt

For your sharing today, talk about times you feel lonely. Again, parents can use a childhood or current memory.

Connecting

Connecting

Different people need different amounts of alone time. Some people feel lonely most of the time they’re alone, and other people really love some time that is alone time. Talk about how you were similar to your partner and how you’re different.

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Daily Challenge

We’re all different but we all get lonely. Let’s remember to be kind, knowing that we all have similar feelings from time to time.

Week Four

Day 1
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Prompt

Today, talk about a time when you felt powerful, or ways you feel powerful. When do you feel your strength? This isn’t about power over someone else, but just your own power within a situation in a positive way.

Connecting

Connecting

Talk about two things: What did you have in common? What happens when people use their power over others?

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Daily Challenge

Power can be helpful and power can be hurtful. This week, let’s really be aware of the power we each have, and look for times to make a difference.

Day 2
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Prompt

Talk about one relationship that really matters to you.

Connecting

Connecting

What did you find you had in common in what makes a relationship important?

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Daily Challenge

We can all appreciate different things in relationships. This week, think about how you can be a person that really matters to someone else. Let’s all try to demonstrate that we all matter in this family!

Day 3
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Prompt

Last time, we talked about a relationship that is really important or meaningful. This time, talk about a relationship that has changed. What is different than it once was? What kinds of feelings do you have about this now? For youngers you might explore a friendship at school that used to be really close and now isn’t so much. Perhaps it’s a neighborhood friend that they don’t see as much anymore.

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similar feelings between partners?

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Daily Challenge

Relationships can grow and change over time. This week, let’s value the relationships we currently have by voicing appreciatiom to others — tell people what you appreciate about them. Let’s try to be encouragers!