“Laughter and Joy shouldn’t be guests in your house; they should be permanent residents in your everyday life”
I received Building Family Ties with Faith, Love, and Laughter (Faithful Families) by Dave Stone from Booksneeze yesterday and read it one day! I just couldn’t put it down. I felt it reaffirmed my own personal parenting purpose. Throughout each day, we have to be intentional and ensure that we are building a joyful, secure home.
Here are some book highlights:
The book talks about developing a family mission statement and how this will give your family direction, a focus that holds your family together. Secondly, I like how Stone talks about the importance of a family dinner table time. While we do this at home, we are quite lax when the boys want to be excused after eating. Stone through his insightful stories, helped me fast forward in my mind the teen years when our boys might try to get away with this and how that can be risky during those critical years. He gives ideas on how you can establish routines during dinner including developing fun and silly questions ahead of time to create bonds with your family.
I’m excited about implementing Stone’s Good, Better, Best principle in our family. It’s a method in which as a family we discuss what is a Good response to a situation encountered and what would be a better or best response? The author gives the example of being a friend’s house for dinner and a good response is, ‘thank you for dinner, may I be excused?’ A better response is, ‘this dinner was really great! I liked the chicken, May I be excused?’ The best response is, ‘Thank you for dinner. I really liked the chicken. Do you need any help cleaning up?’
This book is jam packed with stories and ideas of how to develop and strengthen your family. I highly recommend this parenting book. It is a quick read and you can determine which methods to implement. As for me, we might be implementing them all .
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