Sunday, September 2, 2012

Faithful Families Resources September 2 2012

Weekly Inspiration
The top ten things children want their parents to do for them.
  • Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little.
  • Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.
  • Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.
  • Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.
  • At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.
  • At night talk to me about about anything; love, school, family etc.
  • Let me play outside a lot.
  • Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.
  • Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.
  • Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag.

Family Closeness
Linking Words
This is a word association game. The first person says any word they like, for example, 'tree'. The next person repeats the first word and adds another word which connects with the first. Using the example of 'tree' they might say: 'house'. The next person repeats the previous word (house) and adds another word link maybe  'home', and so on.  Keep it quick by only allowing a few second for each word link.

Questions for stimulating discussion in your family.

You've been exiled to a deserted island for a year. In addition to the
essentials, you may take
  • one piece of music
  • one book (which is not the Bible)
  • one luxury item you can carry with you i.e. not a boat to leave the island!

What would you take and why?

With your family read Mark 7.31-37
(for a way of explaining/talking about this reading with children look at
Questions for Discussion:
  • What was wrong with the man Jesus healed?
  • Why do you think Jesus took him aside to heal him?
  • Why do you think Jesus told the man not to tell anyone?

Prayer and Celebration
Hand stack
One person places their hand in the middle of the table, then have everyone else in the family place one hand on top to create a “stack” of hands. The person whose hand is at the base of the stack goes first, praying a single sentence prayer as they pull out their hand out and place it on top of the “hand stack.” Then, the next person, whose hand is now on the bottom, prays as they pull their hand out and place it on top of the stack. When you sense it is time to stop, the adult (whose hand is on the bottom) raises up the pile of hands. That’s the signal for everyone to say “Amen!”.

Family Time
Family Photo Night
Take some time to go through some old family albums whether they are prints or on the computer. Talk about what was happening in the photo, especially if children are to young to remember. Look at photos of previous generations of the family and tell children about who those people were and what they did.

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