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Family Annual Review Peek-a-boo—To Mom, be clear. To child, be humble.

“A TABLE!”  That’s French for “Time to eat. Kids, come NOW! Prepare your taste buds and your conversation skills...”

On December 31 the family was dispersed in six different parties.  On January 1, we all sat down for a meal together...and shared feedback on 2013 and insights for growing forward.  We call this The Family Annual Review.

We do this every year and it is AN AMAZING family moment that the children request year after year.  Read here for the "How To's."

Friends (who also are parents) exclaim, "What a great idea....but I'd be so scared."  We're giving you The Run Down so that you can get a feel for how it happens...and do it chez you too! 

Since we have four sons, we've given each one a full post.  Keep clicking to the next post!  Each child is different (don't you KNOW!) so you catch a different aspect of the exchange from each one. 

Executive Summary

In essence, our eldest son asked me to be more clear about finances and who pays what.  My growth challenge to him centers on learning through humility.

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Grow Love through the Power of Positive Recall

Have you witnessed someone totally change his demeanor before your eyes? It’s exciting!

It happened to me recently. A successful professional inquired about my line of work. As I shared the vision of Home Is Fun—to help strengthen relationships between parents and children—her posture changed: she crossed her arms, hunched down into her chair, lowered her chin, and set her mouth.

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7 Ways to Turn Cooking Into a Game

“So what do you like to cook with yours kids?” my brother asked.
“It doesn’t matter what we cuisine. Its how that makes cooking with kids such a blast.”

Discover our revolutionary cooking techniques that transform mundane kitchen gestures into playful moves. Quality results guaranteed:
- Your meals will taste as delicious as with your usual style
- Your memories will turn out absolutely divine

Once you’ve tried our hilarious cooking techniques, you’ll be hungry for our cleaning up ones too!

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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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Download the One Great Attitude "Dollar"

Free Chore Chart for kidsGet the free downloads from  It’s The Thought That Counts...Which One?! 

You'll need the access code given upon signing up with Home is Fun (free). 

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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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Making of the Family Fun & Fund Raiser

"How do you do it?  We can't even get out the door without a fight and you're sending off this cake-baking invitation!"

"One step at a time...and sometimes that means one year at a time."

Since several of you have inquired about our project, here's a day-by-day rundown of what happens behind the scenes.

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Return of the Family Fun & Fund Raiser

These smiling tykes might not get to taste one of the Dalton boys delicious  pound cakes, but they’ll sure savor the fun Patti L_ is cooking up for them.

The family fun & fund raiser is an annual event to give our hearts a growth spurt.  We choose a person in need and embark on a culinary adventure to raise funds in support.

Wanna see pics of the hot, cookin' boys? Click on the photo reportage of last year's baking bonanza!

Read up on this year's game plan.

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Download the Daisy Greeting Card

Grade Guessor SampleGet the free downloads from Send Bouquet’s of Loving Thoughts. You'll need the access code given upon signing up with Home is Fun (free). 

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