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Monday Motivation 9/19/11

Posted by Craig Summers on January 1, 1970
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“The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”

~Proverbs 10:11a


Moms are busy, Dads are busy and kids are busy. Everyone is trying to pack too much activity into our day and the ones we love the most get squeezed out. Here’s a simple 60 second –one minute memo to remind your family how much you care. Get colorful post-its or if you are creative make your own note cards. They could be as simple or as artistic as time allows—with names, favorite activities, sports, hobbies…anything that helps your loved ones know you are thinking of them.

One Minute PRAISE. Write a short, one or two sentence note such as: “you are so good in music, or soccer, or remembering to call your grandmother”. “Keep up the good work. I love you.” Or, “you’re a great friend to Sarah”. “You are so kind when you think of your brother that way.” “You look nice when you wear that color.”

One Minute THANK YOU. Make it a specific statement of gratitude like: “Thank you for making me coffee this morning,” or “getting up with the baby last night,” or “remembering to call when you were running late.” The more you can pinpoint a specific action, the easier it will be for them to remember.

One Minute INSPIRATION. Write out a favorite quote, poem or Scripture verse appropriate to the occasion. It could be a prayer in your own words or a poem or rhyme you made up. Make sure it is encouraging.

One Minute CATCH-UP. For friends or family not living at home, the message could be: “We miss you—we’re thinking of you.” Or, “we are busy with work, ball-games church, but we pray for you every day.” “Tell us one thing you are excited about doing this week!”

One Minute CHECK-UP for children. Make a list to be checked off when finished.
I have: done my homework___ fed the dog__put the dishes away__cleaned my room.
You could give a special treat when finished. This works especially well if they get home from school before you get home from work.

One Minute JOKE. Laughter improves any meal and experts say it aids in digestion. Make it a habit to collect jokes in a jar and share at meal time. There are many joke websites and books—of course make sure they are in good taste. No making fun of anyone unless permission is given.

One Minute QUESTION. Write down a question for the week or day. Have your child or spouse think of the answers and then set aside time to get together and talk about them. Meal time is great or maybe it will be car time. You can learn so much and make it fun at the same time. “What is the best thing that happened to you today?” “What new fact did you learn in school, or at work today?” “What would you like to do if you had one free day?” “What is something you are afraid of?” Moms and dads have to think of answers too and you’ll be surprised how your kids will want to listen to you. Start young and build this great habit of talking and listening to each other!

One Minute NEWS. Raise educated kids that are informed about their world. Once or twice a week have family members report on a news-worthy article from the world, country or local community. Discuss issues that will impact their future, such as immigration, abortion, same sex marriage, war on terror and what they can do about the situation. Help them realize they can get involved and make a difference in their community and their world.

Adapted in part by Dad’s Only World

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