We haven't had the opportunity to paint our plate just yet. We are saving it for a Christmas break activity. I just love the whole concept of using this plate. I love that the fruits of the spirit are listed on it too. You get everything you need to decorate the plate and make it special. We may not have started using the plate for meals yet, but this hasn't stopped us from using the conversation cards.
About the Plate
Step #1: Mom & Dad- BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE MODEL
The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children. This is how our children learn what character (Christ's Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.
Step #2: BE ON THE LOOKOUT
Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.
Step #3: CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER
Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE. This is when you:
·Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).
·Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.
About the Cards
Every question is followed up with "Why?" to take everyone's answers to a deeper more intimate level. That's where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as..."What is your favorite dessert?" for example, rather than someone answering "Apple Pie" and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit." Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door."
Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.
One thing I love about these cards is that they are open-ended questions. No short "yes" or "no" answers from our family. Kids don't always like to give details so I'm really enjoying the answers I get.
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This is such a great gift for any family! If you need just one family Christmas gift...I found one for you! Check out the online store to purchase your own Family Honor Plate set!