In our Classical Conversations’s homeschool group they do family presentations, where they share about their family.
When they do these presentations, I usually think, wow, why aren’t we doing those things. There are so many activities we could be doing.
Since we’ve always signed up late, we haven’t done any family presentations. But it has been on my mind. I have also read of creating a family shield, which also sounds good. In addition to creating unity, taking the time to reflect on your family’s characteristics can lead to appreciation, contentment and gratitude. It can make it clearer what is missing and what kind of family we want to become.
While I haven’t taken the time to write one up, I have some ideas.
Our family consists of…both kids participating in recreational basketball, a husband that loves watching sports, a mom and a tween that are bookworms, kids that love video games big time, and also love utube and Netflix, Star Wars and Disney Parks/Universal Studio fans (mostly), a curious kid that loves Legos , a tween that enjoys technology and big words, kids that enjoy riddles,comics, and beating me badly in basketball.
We all enjoy eating out inexpensively or cooking on the weekends, though our taste in food varies. We enjoy seeing our out of state families and friends once a year, and we have enjoyed science museums on our past trips. Although my husband enjoys rock concerts, we haven’t because of the kids.
Pretty boring and basic, I know. But that’s who we are. We could do more, do different things, but would it be better for us? Some of it would, some of it wouldn’t. I would really like more time on good literature with the 2nd grader. I would like the 7th grader to spend more time on being creative. The 2nd grader might enjoy theater and piano lessons, but he doesn’t want to give up basketball and I don’t want him to be that busy.
I would like exposing them to different activities and interests but they are not interested, though some of the activities are beyond my husband’s and my knowledge (like hunting). Some of them we don’t do because we have allergies. And some of them, like computer camps, do not seem worth the expense with our budget, so we will have to get creative with that.
Have you reflected on your family’s activities and characteristics? Have you found doing it helpful in planning and increasing contentment and gratitude?