Monday, September 24, 2012

Family Vision Board

                                                        FAMILY VISION BOARD

     A great way to explore your family’s goals, values, and desires is to create a family collage or vision board. Grab some magazines, crayons, and glue. Ask each person to find photos and words that represent your family, personal or family goals, or an activity you wish to experience together. Once you collect your pictures and words, create a collage. Hang it where your family will see it daily - it serves as a reminder of your CORE values and goals and will be a motivator to help you achieve them.
    A family who completed this activity told me their child put a horse on their vision board. A horse was not an option; however it led to the child receiving horseback riding lessons which later turned into a regular family activity. 
     Another family expressed a desire for a family vacation – something they had been unable to do in several years. The vision board prompted family members to discuss a plan to work together and save for a vacation. By the end of the year they accomplished their goal! The board became a way for the family to bond and work together.
     The vision board is a nice activity to do with the start of the school year and fall activities.  What are your family’s goals and desires this fall?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How to Talk to Your Child About Natural Disasters

How to Talk to Your Child About Natural Disasters

1. Explore your child's thoughts. If they ask a question on a recent event inquire further. Find out what they know and how they feel about it. Don't assume.

2. Validate their feelings. For example, " I can see that you feel scared.”This will encourage your child to talk to you in the future about their feelings and let them know it's okay to have these feelings. Statements like "don't feel scared" do not stop a child from having fears - that is about you not them.

3. Follow up with a reason why they do not need to feel scared, such as "Parents and schools have plans to keep kids safe, it rarely happens here."

4. If appropriate it is helpful to get concrete. For example, "Mom has lived here for 30 years which is 10950 days and we have never had an earthquake in all those days."

5. Keep explanations simple.

6. Offer a way for your child to help such as gathering clothes or food to send to those in need - or offer a volunteer experience close to home where your child can feel helpful.