My newest fun thing to do is at a place called the Funky Monkey. I did my first, ever plate and I loved it. To be able to hone in on that artistic side that I’ve pushed back for so many years was SO wonderful. To create. To look at it, displayed and see my favorite color, my favorite Bible verse…..brings me joy every single day.
This is why I jumped on this review. In having 7 kids, it is hard to have one on one time with each one, daily…especially when you have 1 kid getting married, 1 finishing up college, 1 getting ready for college, 1 finding herself, 1 behaviorally challenged, 1 with hearing impairment, and 1 with OMS…..my days are filled with putting out little mini fires (figuratively and literally), trying to guide, plan, keep one from falling, and everything in between. Plus….gotta throw in Big Daddy.
I’ll be honest, I have not had all my kids in a room where we can finish our plate, but when we do, it will be used exhaustively to celebrate any and everything possible. I want to bring joy back around our table. and this is how we can celebrate. I’m so excited about this. My kids drew one of my tattoos. It is of a daisy. Each kid drew a petal and colored it in with their favorite color. My artist added all the mistakes that were made when I told him he didn’t have too….he said these mistakes are what makes a family great. So….I have some great ink with some awesome mistakes that make up my fantastic family.
I will most definitely be documenting, through pictures, next week, when I have everyone home. Now, as for the Thyme Cards. We use those ALL the THYME (get it LOL). If I forget, a kid runs up to the mantle and grabs it and says “go, mom.” We have laughed our tails off hearing all these answers to the questions that are presented. The kids are learning about Big Daddy and I before we were “mom and dad” and we are learning about them and their oddities/joys/niches. We, most always, eat around the table, but this brings fun to supper instead of stress. When we have had long days, or when OMS flairs…..it can make dinner time stressful, sadly enough. This takes the stress right out of it.
Talk to your kids. Celebrate your kids. Enjoy them. This life is not a dress rehearsal for the “big event.” It is a one time deal….live it up.
About the plate:
Step #1 MOM AND DAD – BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL:
The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children. This is how our children learn what character (Christ’s Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.
Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT:
Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.
Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER:
Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE. This is when you:
· Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).
· Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.
About the cards:
Every question is followed up with “Why?” to take everyone’s answers to a deeper more intimate level. That’s where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as…”What is your favorite dessert?” for example, rather than someone answering “Apple Pie” and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit.” Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door.”
Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.
Here is a video that walks you through it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKmFVPbyfCg
Here is another video from the owner Michelle:
Find out more about Michelle (https://honorplate.com/pages/about-us)