Slow Down and Share Sunday

Sunday Quote 4

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With our recent posts on Reducing Chaos with Routines and Collaboratively Creating Morning and Evening Routines still fresh in our minds, we selected a quote for today’s “Slow Down and Share Sunday” that could be used to kick off a family discussion on responsibility.

Below we have provided a list of possible talking points you could draw on while discussing this quote with your family:

  • Begin by having your child/children tell you some of the things they have to do each day. Then have them share some of the things they want to be able to do every day. Ask them how they would feel if there was only time to do things they had to do.
  • Then repeat the same exercise, only this time for yourself. Share with them that grown-ups will not have time for things they want to do unless everyone in the family does their part to take care of themselves and the household.
  • Another way to demonstrate this point would be by having them consider if there was only one person in the family doing all the routine tasks like cleaning, shopping for the food and supplies, working to earn money, etc. Inquire as to whether or not they think that person would be as happy as the rest of the family? If everyone worked together to do their part would the whole family be happier?
  • Have your children imagine what it would be like in your home if everyone spent a whole week doing only things they wanted to do.  You could ask them questions such as; would people have clean clothes to wear if no one did laundry? Would friends be able to come over for playdates if the house was never picked up and cleaned? How would your bodies feel and smell if no one brushed their teeth, showered or got good sleep? Would there be good food to eat if no one shopped or meal planned?
  • Conclude the discussion by having everyone share what they want to do more of as a family. Make the point that each person has an important role in helping the “have to do” items get completed so there will be time for the “want to do” things. Let each person know just how valuable their contribution to the family is.

We hope the above quote and talking points will support and inspire family discussion on the importance of responsibility.