Making the shift from the mindset of compulsory or coercion based models of education and parenting is a worthy change for the immense benefits available. We recommend starting at your own pace to make changes that you see could be most beneficial to yourself and your family.
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From our families to yours, here are some of our favorite ways to create some new patterns and to jump start a family culture shift. These are just ideas – if you have a specific focus or project you feel would better serve your children, go for it and let us know so we can share with other families.
Read Aloud. Pick a novel that is heart engaging, good, and beautiful. Start a habit of reading out loud with all of your children together every day. Talk to your children about what you are reading. Make this a joyful time of connection and closeness. **OR** Start a Reading Salon! Have a regular time and place where each family member can gather and read their individual selections. Discussions about you different books make for great conversation starters.
Family Meals. Challenge yourselves to prepare and eat one meal each day together. During each meal, make it a point to engage your children in meaningful conversation. One suggestion to help get kids talking is having a “sweet, sour, service” moment. Each child can say what the best part of their day was (sweet), the most challenging part of their day (sour), and one thing they did for someone else (service). **Bonus** Meal Plan Together and let children take turns helping with each part (IE: planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, setting the table, and clean up). Children who help plan and prepare the food are much more likely to eat the food (even the healthy stuff).
Take on a Healthy Challenge as a Family! IE: No Sugar or Processed Foods Commit going a whole week without eating any processed sugar, junk food, fast food, or desserts. (Detox from a modern American diet can take 2-3 weeks to feel the benefit from this healthy practice.) The key is to have an abundance of healthy foods like whole grain breads, nuts, fruits, and vegetables available. (Healthy may look different for each family, so perhaps do some research first.) Afterward, lead a family discussion about each person’s experience. Help children record what they learned. Why is it important to keep our bodies healthy? What was the effect of this on their minds and hearts?
Take on a Mental Challenge as a Family! IE: Media Fast Commit to going a whole week without using screens for entertainment. This means no TV, video games, movies, entertaining apps, or social media. Obviously we don’t expect you to not do work, research, make phone calls or text, but avoid using your phone unless necessary. Afterwards, lead a family discussion about each person’s experience. Help children record what they learned and what they think the true purpose of technology is. How can it be used for a tool? What is lost if it is too much of a distraction?
Meaningful Family Service. Plan a service project that involves the whole family. Reach out to local service organization or visit JustServe.org for ideas. Afterwards, lead a family discussion about each person’s experience. Help children record what they learned and what talents they might develop in order to better serve others and solve the needs they see in your community.