ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: One in a Minion: Encouraging Your Family

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

One in a Minion: Encouraging Your Family

As I mentioned yesterday, our family recently traveled to Universal Orlando for the Family Forward Retreat organized by Mom It Forward. The conference focused on creating Super Hero families.  If you have been reading ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative for long, you know that we are always on the hunt for activities that build family togetherness and promote learning.  Mom It Forward has put together an amazing series of e-books: Becoming a Super Family! The idea behind the series is to recognize your family's collective influence and to find ways to build each other up by understanding each individual's super powers.
Book 6 is about developing TRUST among the people we love most!  One of the activities in the book is called, "I Love You because..."  They suggest once a week, or a month, to have each person in the family think of a unique "I love you because" statement for another person in the family.  These encouraging words can easily be recorded and looked back on from week to week.  
While in Universal Studio Orlando each of the families was given a generous gift bag by the resort.  One of the items in the bag was this adorable little notebook.
Since our children had just enjoyed the opportunity for a private dance party with the lovable minions from Despicable Me they were all hoping to lay claims on this cute souvenir.  We decided to make it our "Love you because..." book with a twist.  

You're One in a Minion 

Every family is special! Start the brainstorming with some specific questions:
What makes sister special?
What is dad good at?
How did brother help you with this week?
What is a characteristic you appreciate about mom?
During our drive home each person in our family communicated some "One in a Minion because..." statements while uplifting each other with our words.  It was the start of a special once a month tradition for our family!
How does your family build trust and encourage one another?  Is this a tradition you might consider adding to your new school year schedule?


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