This is a promotional post. I received a copy of these products for the purposes of my review. I did not receive any compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
About The Family Honor Plate:
Step #1 MOM AND DAD – BE THE EXAMPLE. BE THE ROLE-MODEL:
The virtues are listed in the center of the plate for mom and dad to use as their anchor, their moral compass to guide them in how they need to show up for and to their children. This is how our children learn what character (Christ’s Character) is, what it looks like, what it feels like. Our children are watching us and learning from us.
Step #2 BE ON THE LOOKOUT:
Look for the good choices and attitude your kids/spouse are making and showing throughout the day. Track it back to the virtues and character it shows.
Step #3 CELEBRATE THEIR CHARACTER:
Turn dinnertime into a celebration when you catch someone making good choices and showing good character and present their meal on the FAMILY HONOR PLATE. This is when you:
- Talk about the choices they made and the virtues and character that it showed (Be specific).
- Talk about how they made everyone involved feel and the impact they had on people and how that is POWERFUL and BEAUTIFUL.
About The Let’s Talk! Table Thyme Discussion Cards:
Every question is followed up with “Why?” to take everyone’s answers to a deeper more intimate level. That’s where the magic is and the real conversation starts. So now when even a simple question such as…”What is your favorite dessert?” for example, rather than someone answering “Apple Pie” and then moving on to the next person, the whole family gets to walk down memory lane because it reminds them of Grandma Smith who always made apple pies with them when they came to visit.” Her house always smelled of fresh baked pies and she gave the best hugs when we walked in the door.”
Communication is the key to connecting, building and maintaining healthy relationships. When we are raise our children to be confident in their ability to communicate with others and get their point across, situations are less stressful and they have better outcomes.
About The Creator–Michelle Weber:
I’m the proud mamma of two daughters I absolutely adore. I can’t help but look for and see the beautiful opportunities and blessings that we can too easily miss when focusing on the not so beautiful things. Life is too precious to live it any other way… not to mention, a positive mindset sure makes life a heck of a lot more fun and easier to deal with!
My mission? How do I not share what I’ve learned and the parenting tools I’ve created with other parents? I want to empower and inspire parents. I want to replace some of their everyday stresses with fun and powerful solutions/traditions that will have a lifelong impact on everyone: Mom, Dad, the kids – the entire family as a whole! Now instead of the feeling of “what the heck am I doing?” the FAMILY HONOR PLATE and TABLE THYME DISCUSSION CARDS empower parents on so many levels. When we have the tools to do a job we become more confident and empowered and the fun factor goes up. I am excited to be making a difference for parents so they can easier weather the storms of parenting and learn to cherish and appreciate this awesome leg of the journey.
There were times when I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the day. I questioned myself. Out of all the jobs I’ve held in my life, parenting has definitely been the hardest and most stressful.
Parenting can turn our lives upside down, sideways and every which way. Yet, without a doubt it is the most important and rewarding part of our lives. Especially when you know why you are doing everything. When you can look back and know that while you were not the perfect parent, and you made all kinds of mistakes, you can know that YOU DID YOUR VERY BEST! And when your children turn to you and say “Thank you”? That’s as good as it gets.
When I heard about these items I was very enthusiastic and excited to review them. I couldn’t wait to get our own Family Honor Plate and craft it to fit our family. Now that I have had some time with these items, I have mixed feelings, and I will tell you why.
First, the Family Honor Plate:
First of all, the plate it very high quality, and I was impressed by it and how well it was packed in the packaging. They made sure the plate would not be broken before you received it. The plastic plate stand is very thick and strong. I was also impressed by the quality of this item.
I was very excited to decorate our plate. My son’s favorite color is red. He is color blind, and red is one of the few colors he can actually see that doesn’t appear grey to him. So I knew that we absolutely needed to have this color on our plate. And then I was extremely disappointed. The paint quality was severely lacking, as was the paint brush I first picked up to use.
See the paint brush fibers all over the paper towel? My brush began to immediately fall apart. The paint was very thick and almost drying out. I put a toothpick in to try to mix it up a little and this is what came out:
A big glop of paint with lots of brush fibers in it. Paint isn’t supposed to look like that. Just saying…
I decided to open the blue and try to do the project with that even though it wouldn’t be perfect for our family. This is what I was greeted with:
A little better, but still one big and thick glop that wasn’t usable. Again, paint isn’t supposed to be like this. All of my paints were like this. I could not complete the craft portion of this fun project. So we only have a plain white plate until I can figure out how to procure the right paints. We live in a small rural town in Wyoming, so this is a bit of an issue.
I will say that I still LOVE the idea of this plate. It is fantastic! I am just perplexed. Why have such a high quality product, and then have such low quality and unusable items to complete the project? It doesn’t make sense to me at all. We are disappointed, but hope to be able to get some working supplies to make this work for our family in the future. The potential for this plate is phenomenal. I just wish all the supplies were working ones.
Now let’s talk about the Discussion Cards:
These I love, love, love, love, love! Oh, and in case you can’t tell…I LOVE them!
One of my biggest gripes with boys is that they only give monosyllabic responses to questions. For example…
“How was your day?”
“What did you learn?”
“What did you do?”
“What was your favorite thing you did today?”
(Those may or may not be real life examples from my own home…if you are leaning toward the fact that these are true examples, you would probably be correct. Ahem…)
I love these cards because they can’t get away with “Stuff.” as an answer. It gets a REAL conversation going and it is so much fun. These are wonderful cards and we will continue to use them daily as they are now deemed sanity savers for me. These you need to get. Really.