Every Monday and sometimes through out the week we try to “challenge” you to do something with or for your family.  Most of the things we challenge you to do require time and probably effort but hey, if they were easy, it wouldn’t be a “challenge”.  I thought I would spend today talking about why challenging your kids and your family is important.

I have found that through out my life I have had to do many hard things.  As a child the hard things I had to do now do not seem so hard.  Here is an example of my supposed childhood challenges.

  • Trying out for a school play
  • Finishing an 8 page paper
  • Cleaning the bathroom all by myself (probably what I thought was the greatest challenge!!!)
  • Memorizing times tables
  • Making a new friend
  • Getting along with siblings
  • Hiking a mountain

And I’m sure now you understand the list of challenging things and could probably add a whole list of your own.  Isn’t it funny that as you get older things start getting harder and the things that seemed hard don’t really seem that challenging at all.  I feel that because I was pushed and stretched to accomplish hard things when I was young, I have a greater sense of self efficacy to be able to accomplish hard things now.  (I don’t even want to start making that list.) :)

Kids Can Do Hard Things

With so many challenges being shoved at our kids in the crazy world we live in, we need to prepare our children to overcome problems and work hard.

We can do this by challenging them and while doing so, helping them to build their confidence and achieve goals.  Challenge your family this week to do something hard; maybe even something that your family has never been done before.  It might be simple but the important thing is that everyone feels like they’ve accomplished something at the end.

Here are some examples:

  • Have a family game night each week for onemonth straight.
  • Have everyone reach out to someone who is less fortunate or does not seem to have friends.
  • Serve together at a local soup kitchen.
  • Memorize something meaningful as a family.
  • Plan and go on a vacation as a family.
  • Go a week (or maybe start with a day) without quarreling.
  • Run a half marathon as a family.

So choose something and post your goal somewhere in your home so everyone can remember your family challenge!  Ours is memorizing… The Family:  A Proclamation to the World.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

What is your family challenge?