Thought I'd update you on the love languages that my husband and I have been working on with the kids. Now, I know it won't be smooth everyday but it really seems to be making everything around here work a little smoother! Each night we play the 'I appreciate that!' game that was described in the book.
It works like this, we go around the table and tell something that we did that day to help or show love to someone at the table. It might be me cooking the meal or doing laundry or driving someone somewhere. It might be my daughter cleaning up her room or the bathroom without constant reminders. It might be my son getting up without a big fight or bringing up wood without prompting. It might be my husband who took out the trash or walked up the drive in the morning to bring me a newspaper. It might also just be a kind word of encouragement or thanks. The person who was affected by the act of service, touch, kind words or time says, 'And I appreciate that!' It seems that simple little game gets everyone working hard to have something to say at the dinnertable.
It's a fun, easy way to remind each of us that our words and actions not only affect us but those around us.
Like I said before, I'm sure it won't always be easy. After all, I have two very hormonal teenagers.....but during dinnertime, it has given us direction and has lead to much laughter as we yell 'and I appreciate that!'