As a little girl, every night my family ate a home cooked dinner around the dinner table. We weren’t allowed to watch television and my mom always took the phone off the hook so there were no distractions.
But on a few special nights, my mom would put a table cloth on the family room floor and she served dinner there. The change of pace, the ability to watch television while we ate, and a family game afterwards — made for much excitement in the eyes of this little girl.
And so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in our house. Our dinner hour is always spent around the dinner table with no television or distractions. But on a few special nights, I like to put sheets, blankets and pillows on the family room floor and serve dinner there. The kids love it!
We eat dinner, watch a show or movie and then after dinner, we play a game –or two! Some of our favorites to play are Trouble, Spoons, Life, Apples to Apples, Monopoly and Clue.
We played a game of Clue after dinner this past Friday –I won! And there were no tears. Seriously, we’ve come a long way. I know that playing games can sometimes cause family brawls. Right? Lol! Competition does not always bring out the best in children…but it’s a great time of character training and loving memories.
Week 3′s Challenge:
Keep your candle burning, the music playing and plan a Family Fun Night.
Have a pillow party in the family room and get out every blanket and pillow in the house and be cozy with the kids or your hubby! Even if you live alone you can do this. Enjoy a cozy evening of hot cider and caramel corn. Bust out some old fashioned games and take the time to savor these moments with your loved ones.
Work on kindness and joy this week.
Kindness and joy are both fruit of the Spirit and character traits that should be evident in a Christian’s life. Let’s role model it for our children as they learn to walk in the Spirit as well.
Joy comes through our salvation. It is not dependent on our circumstances. Joy can be hard to display in our homes when there is tension, worry, stress and discontentment. We must fight for joy. We must choose joy. Choose to slow down. Choose to smile even on days when everything just seems upside down. Pause. Pray for peace. Pray that God gives you a gladness found only in him, despite our circumstances.
Kindness is being friendly, generous and considerate. One way we can show kindness to our children is through listening…and listening and listening. Here are some conversation starters we can use this week at the dinner table, to get our children to open up to us:
Did you know that Romans 2:4 says” it’s the kindness of God that leads to repentance“? Sometimes we think we need to be strict with our children to get them to obey, but I believe kindness, listening, smiling and playing with our children will soften their hearts towards the love of God and obedience.
How is the Making Your Home a Haven Challenge going in your house? Do you have your candle and music going?
What is your favorite thing to do for fun with your family?
What is your favorite board game to play with your family?
Share a special memory with your family, from your childhood.
Walk with the King,