One of the goals of this site is to join with others in sharing ideas for nurturing thriving families. That’s why, every so often, I’ll share ideas for fun things to do with kids, great traditions, or creative spiritual growth activities.

A thriving family isn’t a perfect family. It certainly isn’t a family with a perfect mom! But we get one shot at this family-thing, so let’s come alongside each other as we aim to grow ever closer to Christ with our kids.

What does it mean to you for a family to thrive? I’d love to hear what this means to you . . .

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  1. I think thriving is a byproduct of so many things. I think it’s important in our family that the kids have a sense of consistency: they know what to expect at meal time, when their friends come over, when it’s play time, when we watch television, when it’s time to go to bed, etc., even during holidays. I guess that’s part of establishing family traditions. They might not always like the rules, but they get a real sense of comfort from the routine. and yes, the rules and expectations. As a result, I believe they feel the freedom to stretch their wings and thereby thrive at school, sports and church.

  2. At the start of the 2009-10 school year we started a “Friday Family Fun Day” tradition with our kids, then in 5th grade and Kindergarten. We pick them up after school, get a Slurpee, then play – whatever they want to do, just the four of us or with friends, at the park, at home, on a hike, video games… We have a simple dinner (frozen pizza & canned pineapple for them – I know, there are other days to push nutrition; a big salad for us) and watch a movie together. I’ve had fun surprising them either w/ recently-released DVDs or with movies from my childhood they’d never otherwise see. They can’t wait for Fridays and time w/ their family. This has helped us thrive as a family.

  3. Somewhere along the lines I read about parents who consistently prayed that their kids would have a clear understanding of their unique gifts & talents, giving them a better sense of purpose in their lives. I believe that helping our kids begin to “open those gifts” (and teaching them Who they are from) not only gives them self worth, but helps the family thrive, as siblings have credible things to compliment each other on. For example, amidst the sibling squabbles, I love hearing our daughter compliment her brother on how “humorous” he is, easily cheering people up and making them smile! Among many things, encouraging each other goes a long way in helping a family thrive.

  4. “Thriving”
    – a mom and dad who love each other.
    -willing to change when change is necessary
    -willing to say you are sorry
    -keeping discipline consistent
    -hugging, kissing and wrestling those ornery kiddos!
    -open lines of communication
    -(for us)- consistent routines, bedtimes, mealtimes
    – at least one hour of QUIET before I go to bed!!!

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