For Families: Month 4

Week One

Day 1
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Prompt

Share something that was really funny that made you laugh. It is great if it is something that happened at work, at school, or here at home. If you can’t think of anything that happened to you personally, what about something that was really funny in a movie or book. Before you begin to share, think about our ethic of not laughing at other people because they are different, or in a way that would make them uncomfortable at all. This needs to be something that was fun for everyone.

Connecting

Connecting

What happens when people laugh together? Why is this important?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Laughter helps us feel comfortable with one another as long as it isn’t laughing AT someone, but rather laughing at something that everyone found funny. We call that inclusive laughter. And think about this! When people are stressed with one another, sometimes humor can make the problem much easier to deal with, as long as it is inclusive laughter. See if there are times you can bring laughter into a situation this week.

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

Anybody find times to use laughter to diffuse tension?

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Prompt

Today your prompt is “One thing I love to do on the weekend is…”

Connecting

Connecting

Did you have anything in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

It’s wonderful to reflect on things we enjoy. Think about one or two other things you’re really looking forward to. Keeping those in mind can help get us through the week!

Day 3
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Prompt

We talked last month about what makes someone trustworthy. What do people do that allows us to trust them? How do they think? What do they value? What do they believe about themselves?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you have in common in your descriptions?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We often feel a small twinge of guilt right before we do something that would not be trustworthy. Today, notice when this might happen. In that moment, take a deep breath and pause. See if you can listen to that inner voice that can guide you to a trustworthy response.

Week Two

Day 1
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Prompt

Describe something about nature that you like. It might be some place in nature you like to go, or a particular kind of plant or animal that you like, or some other aspect of nature that calls to you.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your descriptions have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Take a few moments over the next few days to find that piece of nature that makes us happy. If you love the ocean and you can’t go there, listen to ocean sounds on the 5 Radical Minutes Blue Sky Moments page. It might be lying down in the grass looking up at the sky. Maybe it is climbing a tree. Go lose yourself in nature! (This would be a great time for a parent to climb a tree with their child or explore nature together.)

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

Did anybody find peace in nature?

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Prompt

Talk about the ways we can respect someone else’s privacy.  You don’t have to talk about something personal in your life, but what are some general examples?

Connecting

Connecting

Talk together about why you both know this is important.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Respect is a great thing to notice about ourselves and appreciate about others. Try to be aware of respecting someone else’s privacy, or being respectful in what you say about others. Take a hard look at this with your social media!

Day 3
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Prompt

During your sharing today, talk about circumstances that cause people stress. You might want to talk about people you see on the news, peers at school, colleagues at work or any group of people you see having stress. Certainly most people in our lives experience stress of some sort. Remember we can talk about something we know happens in people’s lives and not name the people. You might start your sentences, “People feel stress when _____.”

Connecting

Connecting

What did your examples have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We can’t control what life throws at us, but we can control how we respond. In future days, we’re going to have some time to learn how to manage stress. These principals will help you for the rest of your lives! For now, just notice when you start to feel stress levels rising. Very soon we’ll learn ways to help ourselves handle stress.

Week Three

Day 1
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Prompt

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

Connecting

Connecting

Does anyone want to share how this made them feel?

challenge

Daily Challenge

This week, think about your breathing and how it can help you calm down when you feel your stress levels rising.

Day 2
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Prompt

Talk about something that you were afraid of when you were little, like before you were 5 years old.

Connecting

Connecting

What do you both recognize about how we learn to cope with our fears and anxieties? Can you see that overcoming a fear means having found courage or finding a coping strategy? That we learn so much from overcoming our fears?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Sometimes it is really helpful to see how far we’ve come and to recognize that growing past a fear or challenge is often done in many small steps! Try to think about other areas you’ve grown and learned to cope with things.

Day 3
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Prompt

Today, share about someplace you’d like to go or see in the next year or two. Talk about what makes that place of interest to you, and maybe who you would like to go with you.

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similarities about your interests?

challenge

Daily Challenge

New places are all around us! Often, when we’re in the car we’re looking at a screen. This week, see how many times you can put your device down and look at the world around you.

Week Four

Day 1
Introduction

Intro

How did we do on noticing what was around us while riding in the car rather than having screens interrupt our awareness in the moment?

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Prompt

With your partner today, talk about the kinds of things parents do or can do that help children feel safe.

Connecting

Connecting

For your connecting time, see if there is anything we can do in our home to make sure everyone feels even more safe. That can range from physical safety (like locking doors) to emotional safety (like how we deal with anger or arguments).

challenge

Daily Challenge

This week, notice times you feel the safest here at home.

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

Any last thoughts on feeling safe at home?

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Prompt

When life is tough, there’s usually something we reach for to make things feel better, and often it’s food. Do you have a favorite comfort food? Is it good for you or maybe not so healthy?

Connecting

Connecting

Did you have anything in common about your choices in comfort food?

challenge

Daily Challenge

One thing for us to think about is that some comfort foods we choose are probably healthy enough for us, but maybe some are not. For the next few days, notice what other options you also have for when you’re wanting comfort.

Day 3
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Prompt

When you have a problem between yourself and someone else, what makes working it out easier? Talk about traits or attitudes that make it easier to work out our differences.

Connecting

Connecting

With your partner, come up with the longest list you can of traits, behavior and attutides of people or ways that people help make it easier to work things out.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Sometimes we are the reason that we don’t work things out with someone. For the rest of the week, notice whether you are willing to compromise with other people or whether you expect them to come more than halfway.