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Family time is so important to me. I find that I am my happiest when I am spending quality time with my husband and children. I love creating those memories. I think part of this stems from the fact that my children were adopted at the ages of six, five, and three. I often feel as if I missed out on so much time with them, that I try to make up for it now. Regardless of the reason, family time is of utmost importance. This is why I was so excited to review The Family Journal from Byron’s Games.
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The Family Journal is a hardcover book that consists of 289 pages.
The purpose of The Family Journal is to bring families closer together, and to provide them with a communication tool that elicits conversation.
As you can see from the Table of Contents, there are several parts to the journal.
The journal begins with the Family Mission Statement. This is a statement about what your family’s core values are. The user is walked through how to develop a Family Mission Statement, as well as examples about what the mission statement means to the families.
Our family kept our mission statement very minimal, as we are just beginning this process. We figured that as the year went on, we could reflect on our mission statement and expand on it.
After the mission statement is complete, the family is then directed to created yearly goals. The goals that are to be developed should be S.M.A.R.T goals. This simply means that they should be specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, and time-bound.
After yearly goals are set, the family is directed to work on Monthly Planning. There are twelve months worth of blank calendars that are used to track activities. There is a challenge to schedule one family fun outing a month. With COVID concerns and winter weather, we opted to schedule a family fun “inning” for February. We actually schedule two. One was a family game day. Yahtzee, Double Trouble, Sorry, Monopoly, and various cards game kept us entertained. We also streamed a new movie release, and had a movie night complete with pizza, chips, and other junk food.
We are working on scheduling various activities for the month of March.
After each month you can reflect on how your family did with achieving their goals.
Weekly meetings are another integral part of The Family Journal. The goal of the weekly meetings it to provide the family with time to reflect on the previous week and to examine the successes and failures that took place. There are also connection activities such as making homemade ice cream or a family time capsule.
We consider these meetings to be a safe space. Nothing said in these meetings will be shared outside of the confines of our home. This helps create an open communication system between all of us, with the hope of our children being able to open up with us about any issues that they may be facing.
Overall, our family loves The Family Journal and will continue to use it to help bring our family closer.
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