When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home's potential for positive influence.
I hope you were inspired by yesterday's post of 5 Ways to Inspire the Love of Learning in your children. Our state of our homes are so important for us and our families. No matter the chaos, insecurities, and vulnerability of being out in the world from day to day, the home is, and will always be, our haven and safety.
When your child returns from school, a trip, or any other time away, their very own home should be the place they can let down their guard and be their true selves. They should feel loved and not judged--secure in who they are.
So here are a few personal questions about your HOME:
- What is one word you would use to describe your home/home life right now?
- What are two things that are working well in your home right now (i.e. order, kindness to each other, family dinnertime, etc.)?
- What are two things not working in your home right now (i.e. contention among siblings, rushing, no family time together during the day, etc.)?
Take a few minutes and jot down some ideas of how you can focus one week on improving those weaknesses. Bring up the two weaknesses at breakfast/dinner when the family is together. Ask for suggestions. Involve the family. Include every member of the family in resolving the concern with real ACTION. Soon, little by little, day by day, you will see progress as everyone consciously works toward a goal together. And those particular weaknesses can eventually become strengths. There is such a powerful force among families that when members work together great things can take place.
Take the challenge and strengthen your home. Make it a place where confidence, love, and goodness grow through constant effort.
the sleepy time gal