Family Craft: Building Trust
All families have strengths and resources that you may not realise or are untapped – strengths we want to help you discover and use!
International Strengths-Based Family Research has shown that there are 6 fundamental characteristics of strong families. Here’s the second characteristic!
- Strong Families demonstrate appreciation and affection for each other.
- Strong Families have a commitment to one another.
They can trust each other and can depend on one another.
Members of successful families are dedicated to each other’s wellbeing, investing time and energy in family activities, not letting work or other priorities take too much time away from family interaction.
Todays Fun: Family Mobile Craft
The object of this craft is to see that we are committed as a family unit to each other. As the family is connected, what we do and how we act as individuals affects other members of the family.
Materials: wood/ring/stick for the top, string and objects to represent each individual member of the family unit. This craft can be as fancy or as simple as you want . . . (check out pinterest if need more ideas!)
Let each individual choose or make an item they would like to represent them on the family mobile. (This could be a craft design, a lego block, a shell, a miniature figure etc.)
Tips for parents: Once everyone has collected their mascot, (and hopefully they are similar weights), have a discussion while you sit together before taking up the task to attach them with string to make a mobile.
Attach the family name to the top of the mobile.
Ask each individual:
What have you chosen?
Why or how does this mascot represent you?
Then let them attach it on the mobile before going to the next individual. You will need to think about how to attach the pieces so the mobile is balanced. Hang it up in a prominent place for the family to see and be aware of.
As a group discuss:
What is unique about this mobile? (i.e. your uniqueness )
The mobile is joined by string, but what are we as a family joined by? (e.g. love and commitment to each other)
How is the mobile affected when one individual piece moves? (all the pieces start moving)
If one of us is being grumpy or angry – how does this effect the others in the family?
If one of us is not committed to helping around the house with chores etc, how does that effect the family?
When one of us speaks kindly and is helpful, how does that effect the family?
What can we do as a family to keep committed and in balance?
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