July 25, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to refrain from speaking negative words.  I mentioned that I was having a hard time with that concept with Rex.  I thought I'd share something we did, in case any of you have a similar challenge at your house.

So, we had a little lesson during our family night about it and it actually helped.  I took two containers of play dough and some Mr. Potato Head pieces and created two different guys.  (I should have snapped a picture because it was kind of funny.  The play dough was the body and I also had some great cranky eyes from our pumpkin face accessories from Halloween.)  I introduced them as "Happy Harry" and "Cranky Craig."  I made up a story about both of them being invited to a birthday party.  Throughout the party I told the boys what each guy said about the party.

Cranky Craig:  This party is lame.  Why aren't any of these presents for me?  My birthday cake was a lot better than this one.

Happy Harry:  I'm so happy to be here.  Wow, I'm so excited she got such cool presents.  This cake is delicious.

You get the idea.  At the end I asked them which guy they'd like to be friends with.  Since then, we've kind of used "Cranky Craig" and "Happy Harry" as common terms around the house and the boys quickly recognize what I'm talking about.  It's given us a chance to laugh about it rather than feeling frustrated when Rex starts whining.

Alright, on with next week's challenge.

Next week's challenge is to learn about your heritage.  You could call your grandmother and ask her about her childhood.  You could read up on some history.  You could learn about your ancestors.  I think learning about the past gives us more gratitude for what we've been given - especially in this day and age.

I was talking with my sweet mother-in-law the other day and she shared some insights about my father-in-law.  Well, Mr. Roar is quite like his father and it was really helpful for me to hear her experiences.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do for this challenge yet, but I have a few ideas.  Hopefully you will, too.

Well, did anyone try avoiding negative words this week?  How did it go?  I love reading your about your experiences.  Thanks for sharing and for being here.


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