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Exploring Courage: It Worked for Us

June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  Remember?  That’s when Allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches to fight for freedom.  9 000 Allied soldiers died on that day to enable 100 000 fellow military to march, swim, fly, and drop into Normandy. 





D-Day is HUGE Deal Day still in our year.

Many of these young soldiers knew their lives were at stake.  Faced with danger, they went forward anyway.  That’s courage.

Would you and I and our kids call out “present” when facing challenge?  How do we encourage courage in our homes?  Try these simple, entertaining, and rich ways. 

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Talking Virtues and Values with Kids without Preaching

When our eldest child was three years old he popped this question:  “Are you friends with all of the people at work?”  I answered simply for his age and already envisioned deep discussions on friendship, respect, and,yes, even office politics!

Then time zooooomed by and I finally paused long enough to wonder what happened with those conversations.  Would we ever have them?

Chez nous (in our home here in Paris), family conversations happen mostly at mealtime (which is why we try to eat together regularly).  What do we talk about around the table?

(For posts on specific values, click here.)

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Playing with Food

Guess who plays the most with food in our home ?  ME !

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t twiddle with the nourishment on my plate, cut it into a million pieces, and make sure not a smidgen ever reaches my mouth. 

Nonetheless, I do seek entertainment in devising meals.  We tend to repeat meals, especially the easy-to-make and enjoyed-without-a-fuss varieties.  I get bored eating the same thing.

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Pumpkin in Paris...All Saint's Day

Friends moved to Paris for a year and live right next door to Notre Dame cathedral!   That's their humorous Halloween pumpkin glowing from the window.  What a hauntingly beautiful setting:  the flowing Seine river, the historic Parisian islands, and the sore-thumb-looking Tour Montparnasse (the best viewing spot in Paris because you can't see it!)

“We’re here to soak in the culture.” This year, they’re in the memory-making business.

Today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day, a time to remember loved ones who passed away. How can we speak to our kids about death?...without conjuring up images of ghosts and goblins!

Through marvelous memories.

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Prince Darling—It Worked For Us!

Enjoy this behind the scenes insight into transforming kids' disinterest into motivation.

I am regularly on the lookout for ways to share the value of values with my children.  They know it!..and it hardly thrills them.   We “enjoy” teaching moments when my kids “bloop” (big time misbehave) . Yet how I desire for them to understand that wrong behavior is wrong whether they get caught or not and that right behavior earns trust! (We're not defining either right or wrong here, just considering that in a family they exist.) 

The story of Prince Darling beautifully depicts a related message: behavior has consequences and our attitude and subsequent actions determine the intensity of those consequences (good and bad). I wanted to share this fable with the family so that we could talk about these issues as principles to uphold. (i.e. not a discipline guilt-trip pontification)

How to go about it? What if the kids aren’t interested?

Get the inside scoop from this family (read on) or directly download the Prince Darling fable.

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Discipline Through Entertainment

“You’ve said that a thousand times,” groan our kids. “When will you learn then?” bemoan the parents.

Since repetition is key to learning, Home Is Fun came up with the 1001st way to address the value of virtuous behavior and of discipline. We salvaged a French Fairy Tale (Prince Cheri or Prince Darling written by the author or Beauty and the Beast) and turned it into a hand-puppet show.

Download the visual reportage for free. Enjoy the spectacle...and the ensuing discussions. Read on for conversation starters.

Bonne lecture. (Good reading.)


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How To Develop Dinnertime Conversation Skills

Vacation time is coming…and with it more family meals.  One friend beseeched, “What do you do to keep the kids from bickering at the dinner table?  We hear that family meals are a prime time to build strong relationships, but not “chez nous!” (in our home)

The art of discussion, like many great talents, flourishes with training.  (In contrast to rambling which can come naturally…)  For some it’s a lost art.  A friend who coaches CEO’s informed me that top managers now seek to teach their teams in conversation skills! 

Parents, coach in discourse now.  It may be better late than never.  It’s best early than late.

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Quotable Quotes on Humility... from French and American History

To celebrate the national holidays of the United States of America (July 4) and France (July 14), we are honoring some of their great men (and the awesome women who stood beside them).

Use these quotes to help generate stimulating discussions over family meals and throughout vacation time. 

This year’s theme is humility.  Meekness from the mouths of accomplished masters to celebrate pre-eminent nations? Why not?

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Download Quotable Quotes on Humility from French and American History

Get the free downloads from Quotable Quotes on Humility from French and American History. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

There are four pages. For each quote you'll find

- The saying
- A discussion question
- A mini bio on the author
- His picture

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The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway and Sylvie Daigneault by Katie Smith Milway and illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault
Enjoy this inspiring story--based on a true story--of one struggling farming family in Honduras and their journey to growing enough food to meet their needs. Through eleven-year-old Maria and her family, our children learn ways to be part of the movement to grow "good gardens" and foster food security. 

Little by little, the farms -- and the hopes -- of Maria and her neighbors are transformed as good gardens begin to grow. How will a Good Garden influence your home?!!

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