For Families: Month 8

Week One

Day 1
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Prompt

Sometimes, when we feel guilt or regret, the most direct way and the way of positive character would be to go straight to the person and give an apology and make amends. What are some of the ways you could start that conversation and what would someone need to say?

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similarities in your thoughts? Differences? What did you learn from each other’s perspectives?

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Daily Challenge

Are there people that perhaps you owe an apology? If so, this week, see if you can gather your courage and positively resolve the issue, owning your part.

Day 2
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Prompt

Think of a time when someone forgave you. How did you feel before they forgave you? How did you feel after?

Connecting

Connecting

What was similar about your observations?

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Daily Challenge

This week, remember how forgiveness feels. Allow that to help you be more willing to forgive those who have wronged you.

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 Two

Day 1
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Prompt

Sometimes we can’t speak to the person involved in the situation that causes us guilt or regret. It might be that we don’t know who they are (like if we did something damaging to a car and walked away, and then felt bad, but we don’t know who owns the car and it has been driven away by now). Sometimes they’ve died since the event that felt bad. Sometimes you know it really would make the outcome worse to try to have a conversation about it.

What are some ways people can make amends when they can’t approach the other person or people involved?

Connecting

Connecting

What was most helpful about what your partner shared?

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Daily Challenge

Consider your options in a situation about which you feel you need to make amends. See if you can take the next step. (That next step may simply be to talk to an adult for advice!)

Day 2
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Introduction

What has anyone noticed about forgiveness and making amends in these past days?

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Prompt

Say a group of kids from the neighborhood did something damaging to someone’s property – break windows, egg a house, that sort of thing – and it makes the news, and it is a big deal. What ideas do you have for what kids in the nieghborhood – even if they aren’t the offenders – what could kids from that neighborhood do to make amends?  Does it matter whether it makes the news in order for kids to make amends?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your ideas have in common? How could these ideas work in other situations (friend groups, families, competing businesses, etc.)

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Daily Challenge

Making amends can be difficult. Today, focus on the benefits that making amends affords those willing to invest in it.

Day 3
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Prompt

When you think about having real friends, there are probably a range of qualities you appreciate. Some friends might be good listeners, others might make you laugh. For your time today, talk about the qualities you look for in real friends.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your thoughts and observations have in common?

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Daily Challenge

This week, notice the people around you. What people demonstrate some of the qualities you appreciate in real friends? Make an effort to get to know them better!

Week Three

Day 1
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Prompt

Today, talk about some of the things our family can do to be good friends to other families.

Connecting

Connecting

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

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Daily Challenge

Let’s see if we can plan a time in the near future when we can connect with another family in a meaningful way, or even a way just for fun. Be thinking of some ideas this week!

Day 2
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Prompt

What are activities our family could host or support that could allow families to meet new people and perhaps have friendships grow out of these activities?

Connecting

Connecting

Take a moment to converse about your insights.

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Daily Challenge

Consider trying one of the ideas you talked about today as a step in the direction of connecting families.

Day 3
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Prompt

What is your favorite smell in nature and how does it make you feel?

Connecting

Connecting

What memories are associated with your favorite smell?

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Daily Challenge

Our senses are powerful — and smell is one of the most powerful because it can trigger memories. If possible, consider bringing a little bit of nature indoors so you can benefit from the beauty and the smell.

Week Four

Day 1
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Prompt

What are some things we can do to help resolve differences in a way that helps everyone feel better?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you appreciate about what your partner said?

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Daily Challenge

Sometimes, situations resolve because one person demands a particular response. This week, remember to be open and willing to listen to both sides of a situation before you try to resolve it.

Day 2
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Prompt

Talk about being smart. When we use our intelligence for good things, it’s “wisdom of the mind.”  What’s the difference between just being smart and having “wisdom of the mind?”

Connecting

Connecting

What are some ways you’ve pursued this type of wisdom? What’s the benefit for people at any age to acquire this wisdom of the mind?

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Daily Challenge

Today, look for moments when you could take a moment, reflect on something, and use more wisdom in your response.

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.