March 24, 2011

Best Part of the Day

Okay,
back to
project teenager

Here is another
Team Brookes
Strategy
we use to combat
teenage-itis


Best Part of the Day

This is a little ditty
we started many
dinners ago.

When the girls go through the
ups and downs of,
let's see,
being girls.

We gather together as a family
at our beloved
dinner table.

We go around the table,
starting with the coveted
Daughter of the Week
(See how this system works, here)

We ask the simple question:

"What was your best part of the day?"

DOW gets first dibs to share
and everyone's attention.

She is the first to take the floor.

We listen.
Comment.
Laugh.
Relate.

Team Brookes in the making.

NO MATTER HOW BAD ANYONE'S DAY IS...
EVERYONE CAN THINK OF A BEST PART.

(This is mom's way of secretly trying to
highlight the positive...
while letting mom and dad get a sneak peek
into the girls day)

This is something
we do nightly
at dinner
together.

We started this when the girls were
itty.

You should, too.
It's a good habit that the kids are used to,
so when they hit teen-dome,
they won't balk at mom's corny idea.

I know.
It's dorky.
But we are dorky.

Who couldn't use a little feel good
chit chat with the fam?

Gotta keep connected as they
grow older,
and more fiesty.

How do YOU stay connected with your kids
in the crazy world we live in?

Would love to know.

6 comments:

  1. Fabulous idea! Thank you for the post. I never thought of starting something when they are small so it'll carry over into the older years. I am going to start a few new traditions with my 4 year old daughter, really thinking of things that will carry over into the "harder" years -- for her and me. :)

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  2. Glad you enjoyed. It's nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve as your kids are exposed to other influences in life. Thanks for your input.

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  3. You have a beautiful family!:) absolutely precious

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  4. We do the same thing at our house! We start with, "Tell us the worst part of your day? OK, Now tell us the best part of your day?" On their Birthday we go around the table saying our favorite traits about the birthday person. Thanks for becoming a new follower:)))

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  5. We do the same thing at dinner. Start with the worst thing that happened today and end with the best. We started the habit when our daughter was little. It helped her to sort of reflect on things and to realize that sometimes it's okay to say things aren't going so well...and to end on an upbeat note as much as possible.

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  6. Great picture! You are doing a wonderful job with your girls. They are just about the nicest teenagers I've ever met and I taught middle school for 13 years. We have some of our best talks in the car. Turn off the Ipad, the radio, the Itouch, and they start talking.

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