*Be sure to check out my quick and simple Family Night idea at the end of this post!
I was so relieved to finally be home and away from that negative environment. The NEXT night, was a stark difference. We took our kids to the annual family picnic in the park which is basically eating a picnic dinner with your kids in the park and then going from booth to booth of the FREE fun games they have for children. It was such a more positive environment! Lots of volunteers were GIVING their time for the kids and there were lots of wonderful people and families there. We decided that next year we will just skip the carnival all together and make the picnic our main event. Why? One event was a TAKER and one was a GIVER. Then…LIGHT BULB!…I realized it was the same way with our health and home. What we eat is either a giver or taker. Refined foods and sugar rob our bodies of essential nutrients because they are depleted to begin with. Because white sugar and other refined foods have been depleted of the vitamins and nutrients that they originally had, they ‘rob’ our bodies of these same nutrients and vitamins in order to be processed which leaves us eventually with health problems. When we were at the carnival, I felt like the environment we were surrounded by was “robbing” us not only of our money but our peace and sanity. The picnic had the opposite effect and only helped to enrich and uplift our family and bring us closer together. Healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables GIVE our body what it needs to be healthy and vibrant.
Media and entertainment are the same way. The time we spend on the computer, tablets, phones, and tv either robs us of our time together, our peace, & time we could be learning essential life lessons, OR it enriches, teaches , or motivates. If I am using food or media to escape the stresses of life instead of facing them then I am allowing it to rob me of time with my children or time to learn a valuable lesson.
So, to make a long story short, I have decided that in every decision I make whether it be about what will cross my lips or how I will face my daily stresses, I need to ask myself this question,
- Show your children some examples of things that GIVE. You can use real life examples or pictures. Some examples might include: family members serving each other, healthy food, the scriptures, lights, uplifting music and books, educational apps etc.
- Now show them some examples of things that TAKE. You could let them practice role-playing with each other what it feels like to fight or when someone takes a toy. Other examples include: Junk food, movies or games that waste time and do not uplift, stealing from others, etc.
- Have them tell you the difference between the two and challenge everyone, (including yourself) to look for things in the upcoming week that GIVE in your home.
- End with a story like the Wise man and the Foolish Man
- Watch the following music video of the song “Give Said the Little Stream”
Here’s a free printable of children serving that younger kids can color: (click on image for printable version)