Monday, March 31, 2014

Meal Blessings for Families

A few months ago at Mass our priest shared a story about going to dinner at a parishioners' house. This family had invited him over because he was new in their parish and they wanted to make him feel welcome. As they sat down to dinner, the dad said to his family, "And now we will bless the food." And the kids said, "What?!" Apparently this was not a family that had made meal blessings a regular part of their dinner and the kids didn't know to play along. Our priest made a comment asking us what would happen if he came to our house for dinner. I laughed.
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I'll admit we didn't always do a meal blessing. Before we had kids, I'm not sure it was a priority. I think it was teaching in the Christian Day Care I used to work at that really made this habit part of our daily meals. At the day care we prayed before each snack and each meal. That was four blessings a day. And when I started there the kids only really said one blessing.
(Sung to the tune of Frère Jacques)God our Father; God our Father We thank you; we thank you.For out many blessings; for our many blessings A-men; A-men
It's a nice blessing and the kids all knew it well. The problem was, I got tired of it pretty quickly. So I set out to find some new ones. I introduced them to the class and gave each of the kids a turn picking the blessings for the day. Of course, they had their favorites, but we had a little more variety and that made me happy.
Recently the topic of prayer with kids has come up at my church. There are many kids who are not learning to pray at home and the lessons once a week in Sunday School are not enough to make this important practice a habit. It got me thinking about those meal blessings again. Meal blessings are a simple and easy way to add a prayer to your day. Even if it's only at dinner, it's a good example to start setting with your kids.

I know my family had some favorites, but I set out to find more and make it as easy as possible for other families to get started. And then I decided to share it with you!
Below you will find a booklet you can print and keep to share with your family. I hope you enjoy using these prayers to start or continue a habit of daily thankfulness in your house. Please note, I did not create this blessings, I merely compiled them. They are all public domain.
Click here to download. It prints as a booklet, so print both sides, flip on the short edge. It is two double-sided pages.
Incidentally, in case we ever do get around to inviting one of our priests over for dinner (or if anyone one else comes over as a dinner guest) here's the blessing you'll most likely be invited to sing with us. And, yes, we do this one in public too. It makes a nice scene at restaurants! And watch out, because Benjamin will get after you for not raising your arms high enough!!

Does your family have a favorite blessing for meals?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

#AskAwayFriday with Jodi from The Noise of Boys

TGIF! I finally worked a full week, and as expected, I'm exhausted! I've just had Benjamin with me, but I've never realized how much he depends on his brother and sister in order to sleep at night! He's had a tough time going to sleep and staying in bed.  He's also been a bear to wake up in the morning.  I'm looking forward to all three kids having a reunion tonight and for the bliss of them getting along to last as long as possible!

My partner this week knows a thing or two about siblings and noise.  Jodi at The Noise of Boys has two little boys, Hayden and Henry that keep her busy throughout the day.  She and my other blogging buddy, Melissa at Home on Deranged also host a fun swap on Thursdays called Tales from the Pink and Blue Trenches which compares and contrasts genders.

This week Jodi and I paired up and swapped 10 questions to be answered on each other's blogs.  You'll find my answers to Jodi's questions below and then you can swing by Jodi's place to see how she answered the questions I sent her.

Also, don't forget to check out the #AskAwayFriday hosts:

And now without further delay, here are my answers:

1. Married for over 12 years to your high school sweetheart! I am so impressed! Any little quirks that still drive you batty after all of these years, but have learned to accept? My hubby always “misses” the laundry basket! Does hubby follow your blog?
Technically, Ken isn't my high school sweetheart since we didn't start dating until 2 weeks after I graduated!  Close enough, though, right! I laughed when I saw this question right off the bat!  There are a few things that Ken does that drive me bonkers. First, apparently he comes from a family that puts dirty dishes next to the sink.  I prefer them in the sink.  Yet, after 12 years, he still put his dishes next to the sink. I also make fun of him because he'll leave his glass on the counter away from the sink, because he says he might want another drink later. When I put it in the sink or dishwasher, he'll come looking for it, but if I leave it there, it's still there the next day! I can't win!! The other thing I tease him about is that he still asks me questions about movie stars or musicians and expects that I'll be able to answer him. I'm no good at naming people; never have been, never will be! And yet he still asks...And "no" as far as I know he is not a regular reader (he doesn't spend much time online at all).

Of course, I'd prefer them in the dishwasher, or better yet: the cabinets!
2. You have 3 beautiful kids! Any traits that you can easily identify as “yours” in their personality?
Ken and I laugh about which traits come from him and which ones come from me.  I think Frances and Benjamin get their love of singing from me.  All three have a love of reading that hopefully came from me.  They all get their brains and good looks from me.  Hahahaha!  Henry has a stubborn streak that's probably my fault. Frances is a pretty good eye-roller.

3. Was there anything you thought you'd do/or wouldn’t do that changed after actually having kids?
I used to think I would never put my kids in day care.  Of course I always planned on having a job, so I'm not sure how that was supposed to work out.  I also remember as a teen thinking I would never utter the phrase "because I said so" which I don't say often, but when the kids are really persistent about something they aren't developmentally capable of understanding, sometimes you just have to say it!

4. Describe a perfect summer evening with the family
Perfect summer evenings are actually quite doable for us.  They include having a relatively early dinner that leaves us time to take a walk or go for a bike ride in the evening.  We live fairly close to a cemetery which we frequently use for our walks.  It's pretty flat and we don't have to worry about cars.  I feel safe letting the kids go around on their own together while Ken and I can just walk and talk. If it's a completely perfect night, the kids can catch fireflies on the way home and then we can sit in the front yard and look at the stars for a little while before bed.

5. I am so impressed that you have been blogging since 2007! What are some of the biggest changes you have seen in the blogging world? How have you personally grown in your blogging style or methods?
When I first started, I really had no idea what I was doing. Back in the beginning there are lots of little posts with anecdotes from the kids that no one but my mother would ever want to read.  I enjoy going back to re-read those now because they are a part of my story.  It wasn't until a year or two ago that I started getting more serious about blogging. I've been trying to stick to a schedule, promote my posts, get involved in the blogging community, etc.  I think I blog differently now because I am conscious of my audience.  I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it just is. I think sticking to my schedule has been a tiny bit stressful but mostly

6. Do you have any blogging goals you would like to tackle, in the next year?
My previous goal of posting 5 days a week has gotten pretty manageable.  I'm sticking with that. What I'd like to get better at is interacting on other social media better. I know I could do a better job with Twitter and Instagram.  I'm not sure whether I should give up on Facebook yet or not. Most of the people I interact with on the blog's Facebook page are friends of mine, so that mostly tells me that I'm not getting to new people very often.

7. I know you wouldn’t want to change any part of the past, but if you could go back and meet a person in history or witness an event (either from family or of historical importance) Where would you travel to/what time period?
I'd love the inside scoop on some great mystery from history; like what happened to Amelia Earhart's plane, or how the pyramids or Stone Hinge were built.  I wouldn't necessarily share the info, but I'd like to know just for me.

8. I read you would like to go on a game show and win money! Congrats! you were just selected for SURVIVOR! How many days do you make it?
I'll admit I haven't watched much Survivor, but I'd like to think I wouldn't be one of the first to leave! Depending on how much is at stake, I might eat some bugs or do some other gross thing.  I'm pretty sure I could handle surviving in the wilderness.  I also think I'd be pretty good at the psychological aspect of it, though. I'm fairly good at reading people.

9. Choose a song, movie or book that describes your life right now!
This is a hard one for me!  As I mentioned earlier, I'm not good at naming songs, or movies, or actors.  I'm sure someone else could answer this for me better.  I actually called ken and he jokingly suggested Bon Jovi's "It's My Life." I'm guessing the kids get their sense of humor from him! I actually sing The Bangles "Manic Monday" on my way to work a lot of the time (not just on Mondays).  I think that fits pretty often.

10. I know you like to do reviews! Which was your favorite you have done, and who might you like to work with in the future? 
I've had fun reviewing stuff for the kids (like Frances' Zeenie Doll or Henry's Hot Dots game) because I like to see the way they interact with things that I might not have paid for otherwise. I've also really enjoyed the apps that I've been able to review because I use my devices a lot. One I haven't even written the review for yet is a company called Relish! which is a meal planning service. I love it!  They given me a lot of time to do the review so I can really get to know the product and I think it's really awesome. I've gotten some great new recipes from there.

I hope you enjoyed my answers! Don't forget to go check out Jodi's answers to my questions and the rest of the linkup!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Benjamin: The Selfie King

Frances and Henry are visiting Grandma and Grandpa for Spring Break, so Benjamin is the only kiddo at home. He's been getting some extra attention since he doesn't have to compete with his older siblings. I admit that I have a tendency to indulge him a little when he's the only one around. But he's so cute!
And he loves to get a hold of my phone and take a few selfies. Maybe he gets it from his brother! In any case, I decided to share his latest round of photos instead of just deleting them.
Also, speaking of Spring Break and traveling with kids, I've got some timely tips if you are planning on taking a family trip any time soon. Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad are hosting my tips over at their place, so head on over and check them out!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#TuesdayTen: 1978 Was Really Great!!

Ken and I went out last Friday to a fundraiser that happened to be at a local brewery.  I went up to the bar to buy two beers and the bartender carded me.  It made my night!  Then later I was helping to sell some desserts as part of the fundraiser.  I found a college-aged guy who agreed to buy two cinnamon rolls. As he was getting out his wallet, he was having a bit of trouble holding his beer and getting his money out at the same time, so I offered to hold his beer for him.  "Are you 21?" he asked me. I laughed, but it seriously made my night.  Either I look 21-ish or I still have the power to make half drunk college students flirt with me.  To be honest, I'm happy with either!

This week for #TuesdayTen, we have the assignment to research the year of our birth and list the top ten happenings of that year.  I turned to a few different sources to compile the list and had a really good time doing it.  I hope you enjoy...

The Hits of 1978!!

  1. Serial Killers  As I was scanning though the Wikipedia article on the year 1978, I saw something about a serial killer.  As I scrolled farther I noticed it again.  I noticed it another time and decided to search the page for term "serial killer."  TOO MANY ENTRIES!!  In February, Ted Bundy was captured in Florida and the Hillside Strangler claimed his 10th and final victim in LA. Later in June, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 356 years in prison. In December, the "year of the serial killers" (as I have affectionately named it) came to an end with the arrest of John Wayne Gacy.
  2. Popes On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, 1978 was the first time in over 350 years that we had three different Popes leading the Catholic Church.  In August Pope Paul VI died and Pope John Paul I succeeded him. Unfortunately, JPI died after 33 days of papacy. In October John Paul II became the 3rd Pope of 1978.
  3. Texas  Being born in Texas, this next one had to make my list, because in January of 1978 the Dallas Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl.
  4. Communications  There is some dispute as to the actual year, but I'm going to go ahead and give 1978 some credit as the year the first cellular mobile phone was introduced.  Can you imagine living in a world with no cell phones? Sometimes I think it would be nice...
  5. Movies  Some pretty classic movies came out in 1978: Grease, Superman, Animal House, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers to name a few (that I recognized from the list).
  6. Music  I glanced through the list of notable 1978 music and quickly became overwhelmed at a list that means very little to me. Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I can sing along with almost anything on the radio, but I cannot name bands or singers or songs.  However, I can read charts and tell you that the Bee Gees had the #1 hit that year with "Stayin' Alive," John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John took #2 billing with "You're the one that I Want" (from Grease), and The Village People got audiences everywhere off their feet and spelling acronyms repeatedly with "Y.M.C.A."
  7. Books I can't touch on music and movies without also mentioned some notable books from 1978: Stephen King published The Stand.  Madeleine L'Engle came out with A Swiftly Tilting Planet. And Katherine Paterson won the Newbery Award for Bridge to Terebithia
  8. Weather Since I can't seem to get my mind off of the weather, I would like to point out that in 1978 a blizzard dumped huge amounts of snow across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region in January. Winds were recorded in excess of 45 miles an hour with temperatures in the single digits throughout much of the storm. They are calling for some snow around here today, but not this much!
  9. Births  There were quite a few notable births in 1978: the first "test tube baby," Louise Brown was born in July of that year.  Also Ashton Kutcher, Jensen Ackles, James Franco, Stana Katic of Castle, Kurt Busch, Kobe Bryant, and Katherine Heigl were born the same year as I was. That's a pretty good looking crowd to be a part of!
  10. You're welcome! ;)
  11. Last, but not least, the crowing  achievement of 1978...ME!! 
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Monday, March 24, 2014

March Old School Blogging: Randomness

I saw Lisa's answers to this month's Old School Blogging prompt and decided I needed to give it a shot, too! Below you will see a set of random questions and my answers to them. After you've read my answers, be sure you head over to visit the host of Old School Blogging, Elaine, at The Miss Elaine-ous Life and/or this month's co-host, Kim, at Co-Pilot Mom!
What is the last thing you watched on TV?
The last complete show I watched was an episode of Top Gear with Ken. Currently, we're watching an episode of Castle. We are way behind on the series and we've been trying to catch up on nights we're together.
When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
We went to church this morning and then afterwards Ben and I ran an errands to Lowe's to buy a new aerator for the kitchen sink. Exciting, huh!?
What is on the walls of the room you are in right now?
I am sitting in the living room and the walls are painted a lovely shade of green. My brother did it for us one summer while we were out of town. There's not much on the wall, except for some decorative shelves on the wall behind the couch.
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If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
I would totally buy a new house! And I'd get Ken the truck of his dreams! After that, I'd try to save what was left over. I've got three college educations to pay for, people!!
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
I'm having a hard time thinking of anything people don't already know! Oh!! I was a JC Penney model one year for a back to school fashion show. I was about 7 or 8. I had a side pony tail, blue eye shadow and some totally 80s fashion going on. I'll have to check and see if my mom can find the pictures!
EDIT: SHE DID! Aren't I a cutie!?!

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
I haven't gotten any phone calls all day today! The last person to call me was my friend Julie. She called me back yesterday afternoon to discuss a question I needed some insight on. She gives great advice!!
If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?
Easy peasy!! I would remove the roof and change the top floor to a full story instead of 3/4. I'd add a bathroom up there and give Frances a nice bedroom of her own. I'd also finish the basement with a play room for the kids and some better storage. While we're at it, I'd add a two-story deck off the back of the house; off the main floor with a nice outdoor area and at the basement level with a patio and, heck, even a hot tub!
What was the last thing you bought?
See above for the fascinating story of the kitchen sink aerator! Now my sink only sprays down, instead of all directions!! All for only $4.98!
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
I don't honestly know. I love roller coasters and thrill rides, but both of those seem rather extreme. I would definitely go up and watch someone else try it and then maybe do it myself.
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
I would eat lunch with Jennifer Lawrence. She seems like a really fun, and totally down to earth person.
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
I'd go with Target. I could get clothes for myself and the kids, stuff for the house, and food if I needed it. All in one place!
Is the glass half empty or half full?
The glass is half full, literally and metaphorically. I am an eternal optimist. And drinking more water than I ever used to in the past!
What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
My mom's family lives in Alaska. I've visited there a few times. It's a beautiful place and I hope to go back again someday.
What’s under your bed?
A few weeks ago I paid Henry to clean out under the bed, so I can say with certainty that the only things under the bed are two storage bins full of out of season clothes and extra pajamas. I won't tell you what's usually under there!
What is your favorite time of day?
My favorite time of day is morning, when I wake fully rested and the rest of the house is asleep. I don't mind getting up early if I don't have to immediately jump into action. It doesn't happen often, so when it does I try to really enjoy it.
What Inspires You?
My kids inspire me. They are such sponges and they soak up everything around them. They are also fairly accurate mirrors, reflecting back their impressions of what they see. Both of those facts inspire me to be a better friend, wife, mother, and person. If they are going to copy what I do, I want to be doing the very best I can.
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

#Ask Away Friday with Herchel from Scruggbug Corner


Oh Friday! I made a joke last week about being worried about what to do in case of a five day work-week. Well I still don't know because we were out again this past Monday for snow! ARGH! The calendar now says spring, though, so I've got my fingers crossed for next week. This has been an exhausting week for me at work because I had inventory. This inventory was double the size of the last one I did, so it required a lot more digging around to find stuff. In the end we've located everything but one item, so I'm feeling pretty good about it.

Moving on...For #AskAwayFriday this week I am pairing up with Herchel from Scruggbug Corner. She's got the two cutest little ones, Pork Chop and Pea, and she recently made the move to stay home with them. I've loved getting to know her through her blog, and I am sure you will too, so don't forget to check out her answers to my questions as soon as you're done here.

http://scruggbugcorner.com/

Also, don't forget to check out the #AskAwayFriday hosts:

Penny from The Real Housewife of Caroline County

Amber from Bold Fab Mom

Tiffany from Mrs.TeeLoveLifeLaughter

Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings


And now for my questions from Herchel...

1. I watched your recent vlog. What is all that white stuff on the ground behind you? Lol I haven’t seen snow in ten years. I know you are sick of it by now, but to keep things on the silver lining side, what is your favorite thing about winter?
You must have talked to my mom yesterday! She was reminding me to be thankful rather than grumping about the weather! I actually heard one great thing about this winter: apparently all the snow and frozen ground has killed off a lot of bug larvae. If we have a bugless spring/summer, then MAYBE this winter will have been worth it!

2. I love how you are working on building your children’s characters. Do you find the “lessons” more effective on your boys or your daughter?
I think for right now the lessons work better on Frances. Or maybe I just think that because I can see the gears turning in her head. She will often talk through her thought process, so I know what she's thinking and why she's thinking that. She naturally has a very kind heart, so I can't really take credit for that. It is heart warming to see Henry trying so hard to earn points and Benjamin trying so hard to copy his siblings (in a good way).

3. What has been your favorite part of your thirties so far?
I think that this is the decade where I've really come to terms with who I am. Some people might think I am abrupt (the didn't use that exact word...), but I think that telling the truth and telling it like it is, is a good thing. I've never intentionally been rude or unkind, but if someone asks my opinion, they I will give it to them! And if something bothers me, I usually say so. I just don't see the sense in holding back on everything I feel just in case it might hurt someone's feelings!

4. What do you miss most about having an infant and what do you miss the least?

The thing I miss most about my babies is how easy they were! I mean, it was hard work without lots of sleep, but there was really only one personality in charge: mine! My babies were very portable and for the most part easy-going. I breastfed all three exclusively, so no matter where I went, all I really needed to pack was a diaper and a change of clothes. The thing I miss least would have to be the sleepless nights! I like sleep. I like it a lot! I felt like a zombie most of the time while I was getting up 2-3 times a night.

5. What is the weirdest quirk that you have (or at least the weirdest one you are willing to share?)

I'm a pretty open book. I think I've shared most of my weird quirks. I pluck the hair on my legs with tweezers. I enjoy flossing my teeth.


6. If you could magically wake up and “be anything” you want to be “when you grow up” what would you be?

Taller!! LOL! Just kidding. I mean I'd love to be taller, but that's not what you meant, is it? I think being an archaelogist sounds really fun. I understand that it's not all digging in the sand and finding dinosaur bones or Egyptian tombs, but I still think it sounds fun to play in the dirt and find fun things!


7. What is your favorite thing about your blog? (it can be a post, picture, anything)

My favorite part of keeping up with this blog would have to be the memories I've collected here. I could spend hours re-reading my old posts and just putting myself back in that place where those things were happening. I also really love the friendships and connections I've made.


8. I am not a pamper myself kind of person, much like you. I would choose to stay home and read on a kid free day rather than get a mani/pedi….What would you do if you had time for yourself?

I would totally stay home and read books all day. That's actually kind of what I did over the weekend and on Monday. I found a free book for my Kindle and read it and then the three sequels straight through over the weekend. My laundry pile suffered greatly because of it, but I'm okay with that.

9. What is your favorite drink? Mine is a toffee nut latte with whip and nutmeg.

My favorite drink is probably one I don't drink terribly often because I've been trying to stick with water, but I really love a frozen strawberry lemonade. Especially on a hot summer day when I can sit int he front yard and watch the kids play while I drink it! Yum!!

10. What is something you love to eat that other people think looks DISGUSTING?

My mom's yogurt soup comes to mind. It doesn't necessarily look disgusting, but people often don't like the sound of it. It tastes amazing, though! I can't really think of anything I eat that looks disgusting. Unless, of course, you ask Benjamin; because to him, almost everything looks "discusting."

And there you have it! Ten more questions asked and answered. Don't forget to check out the rest of the linkup! If youlike to pair up with me just let me know! Have a great weekend!!

First Day of Spring {Vlog}

Today is the first day of spring! I would celebrate, but the weather forecast seems to have some more ice and cold in store for us next week. I am so ready to be done with winter that it's not even funny. Spring is my second favorite season after summer. I am looking forward to the weather warming up and being able to spend some more time outside.
I told myself I was going to start doing more vlogs, and with the sun setting later and the most recent snow starting to melt, I thought it was a good time to get outside and show off my yard (instead of my messy house)! Enjoy!

What are you looking forward to this spring?

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kids' Character Challenge

Back in December, while the kids and I were on break, we started to get a little bit...tired of each other. The weather was bad and we spent a lot of time stuck in the house together. I was starting to pull my hair out for a way for everyone to get their moods back on track. Then I had an idea! I tried it out and it actually helped, so I tweaked it a little bit and tried it again the next month. Now were are on our fourth month and I think it's time to share.

The Kids' Character Challenge

The idea started out rather simply. I wanted the kids to be more helpful, so I made it a challenge. I told them that each time they were helpful to me or their dad or each other, I would give them a "helper point." At the end of the month, the child with the most helper points would get to choose a special prize for the family. I took a piece of paper, divided it into thirds, and wrote the kids' names at the tops of the columns. I pinned it up in the living room and started adding hashmarks each time someone was helpful.
Character Challenge: Responsibility
One important detail that I found to be helpful was to be very mindful of my language in regards to the chart. Each time someone did something helpful, I would say, "Thank you. That was very helpful. I'm going to give you a helper point." Seeing one of their siblings receive helper points would often spur the others to try harder.
At the end of December, Frances was the winner! She chose a trip to Sweet Frog, a local frozen yogurt shop. As we loaded into the van, I made a point to talk with the kids about how nice it had been to have them working extra hard to be helpful. I also made the essential point that makes the whole competition worth doing: when each of us work harder to help each other, WE ALL WIN! It wasn't just the person with the most points getting froyo, we all got to go together.
We've continued with the character challenge with different ttraits each month. So far we've done kindness, generosity, and responsibility. Henry won the last two months and chose a swimming trip and a ice cream run to McDonald's. It was really fun going swimming in January (at an indoor pool, of course)! It was nice to be able to spend that time together all while congratulating Henry on a job well done.
Character Challenge: ice cream reward
They are working on being responsible this month. I've taken to defining the character trait on our chart so the kids know exactly what they are working on. The kids enjoy competing for the honor of choosing the reward, but they also enjoy celebrating together as a family and praising each other for working hard.
As you can see from the pictures, Ben has been behind all three months. He's only three, so maybe he's less ready to internalize the traits we are working on, but he still enjoys earning points, and as I pointed out earlier, we all win when we work together.
Character challenge: traits
One of my favorite parts about this game is the simplicity. It is not complicated to keep track of and the rules don't need to be repeated daily. In all honesty, I can forget about encouraging them for a day or two and there are no ill effects. They often ask if a certain behavior will earn them a point, which reminds me about it and I am happy to reward a point if it has been earned.
I'm not sure which character trait we'll work on next month. I've been looking back on their most recent behavior issues and choosing a new trait that will challenge them just enough. We've even talked together about which trait they would like to work on. This family challenge is making all five of us more mindful of the people we want to be and the traits we want to espouse.
Do you have a way to work on character building with your children? What works for you?

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