For Families: Month 5

Week One

Day 1
Introduction

Intro

Any comments on how we’re noticing our own part in getting along?

prompt

Prompt

Where is your happy place?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your examples have in common? Did any examples include electronics?

challenge

Daily Challenge

True happiness doesn’t come from electronics. A feeling of escape and distraction comes from electronics! This week, make some plans for happy times without a screen in front of you. You may just find that you really are much happier when you take a break every once in a while.

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

How did we do on finding happiness without devices?

prompt

Prompt

Take a moment to reflect, and then share your thoughts about a culture that is quite different from ours that could be interesting to visit. What makes that culture of interest?

Connecting

Connecting

What thoughts did you have in common about other cultures?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Being with people from other cultures can make us both appreciate our own more and also help us see the beauty and value of how other cultures live. Today, look for things in our own culture that are unique and really beautiful!

Day 3
prompt

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.

Week Two

Day 1
prompt

Prompt

Talk about anger. What does anger do to friendships? What about in our home? What does it do to the person who is angry and what does it do to the person with whom they’re angry? How much does it matter how we manage our anger? What lessons have you learned either because of your own anger or someone else’s? Remember to talk about a behavior and not a person.

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similar thoughts about the impact of anger on your friendships or relationships?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Emotions aren’t the problem so much as how we manage those emotions. Sometimes anger is what mobilizes us to take action instead of letting someone walk all over us. Sometimes angry people are the ones to start a movement that makes a difference. Today, let yourself notice your emotions and find a way to use them as a force for good.

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

Anybody have an example of managing emotions even though it was difficult?

[sharing time]

Today we’re going to talk about creativity, but first we’re going to watch a short video.

Watch video here.

prompt

Prompt

Does this help change your definition of creativity? Do more people fit the “creative type” after watching?

Connecting

Connecting

What could inspire you to be more creative?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Being creative usually boosts our happiness. It also improves how we view ourselves. This week, consider the ways you’re already creative, and dive into a bit more creativity. Maybe try something new!

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Look at your partner, let yourself think about being compassionate as you listen to him or her. Today, talk about the appreciation you have for someone who is really there for you. In this case, it is fine to name the person.

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similarities in the people you described?

challenge

Daily Challenge

This week, think about being someone that others can appreciate.

Week Three

Day 1
prompt

Prompt

Sometimes people intend to hurt someone else’s feelings, and sometimes we don’t mean to but we realize later that we did. Either way, we can end up feeling badly about it. Today we’re going to figure out what we can do when we realize we’ve hurt someone’s feelings. Before we start, let’s all close our eyes and take three deep breaths and just relax. Take your time. Talk about ways to make amends when we offend someone, what to do when you hurt someone’s feelings, or you think you may have hurt them.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your stories and ideas have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

All of us need to learn how to reconnect with someone when something happens between us. It helps a lot to be able to apologize. We all need to learn how to do that! Think… is there someone you know still needs you to make amends? Could you still do that?

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

Has anybody had any more thoughts about making amends?

prompt

Prompt

Talk about something you’re proud of…. Something you’ve done or how hard you’ve worked on something, or even how you’ve handled a difficult situation… What are you proud of?

Connecting

Connecting

How is feeling pride different than bragging?

challenge

Daily Challenge

This week, think about the value of doing something well and not just rushing through. Think about the value of patience when it comes to practice. These moments can make you proud and stick with you for years to come!

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

Think way back… share your favorite memory from when you were around four years old.

Connecting

Connecting

What do you think makes a memory a great memory?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Build all the good memories you can this week!

Week Four

Day 1
prompt

Prompt

When people lived in the Stone Age, tribes were very important for safety. People needed more than just their immediate family to survive the rigors and threats of the jungles or forests. Think about the importance of tribes in those days. Even though times have changed, our family can still be somewhat of a tribe, in that we are people who might think alike in some areas, want to help us feel better when life throws us a curve, and maybe they dress sort of like we do. But now that we don’t have lions and tigers and bears chasing us, our need for tribes or cliques is very different. Not letting others join our group or club or clique has negative impact to people on both sides – those who don’t let someone in and those who are shut out. With your time, talk about the ways in which you see school, work, or friend cliques having negative impacts on families.

Connecting

Connecting

With your connection time, see if you can come up with one idea for how families (and individuals) could loosen the exclusivity of our cliques and groups and include – even welcome – other families who might not be just like them.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Try looking at the people around you more openly this week. Say hi to someone you wouldn’t normally, or compliment someone to add a smile to their day.  Today, turn to your partner and state, “This week, I will….” then fill in the blank. Here’s an example: “This week, I will strike up a conversation with someone I don’t know, who might be very different than me.”

Day 2
Introduction

Intro

Today is another circle day. Let’s watch a video together first.

Watch the video.

prompt

Prompt

Share what this video means to you – what this short video meant to you about greatness. Why would they have shown two such different examples of greatness – a kid who looks like he is really good at his sport and a boy who is really having to work hard to run. What makes them both great?

Connecting

Connecting

If you were to take on something that you feel passionate about, what might that be?

challenge

Daily Challenge

This week, be mindful that people have capacities for greatness that we might not know they have. Imagine the best in everyone you see.

Day 3
prompt

Prompt

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

challenge

Daily Challenge

This week, remember to take time out for a Blue Sky Moment if you begin to feel stressed or overwhelmed.

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