In case you missed my last 2 posts, I have the Power of Words on my mind. Two weeks ago I wrote about the Power of Words and the value of teaching our kids how to give sincere compliments and to use words to lift others up. Last week, I wrote about how I learned to remind myself to lift up my kids in order to make it a habit. This week, I want to share an activity our family has been doing in order to combine the two.
It's called the Warm Fuzzie Jar.
I went to the store and bought some of those craft pom poms and nicknamed them, "warm fuzzies". We talked to the kids about how our words can either make others feel warm inside and good about themselves or they can have the opposite effect, leaving others feeling cold and sad. Then, I showed them the pom poms and an empty quart-size mason jar and explained the game we were going to play. Each time someone in our family sincerely compliments or points out the good in someone else in our family, we get to add a "warm fuzzie" to our family jar. However, every time we call names, or otherwise hurt someone's feelings with our words, we have to remove a "warm fuzzie" from the jar. When the jar is full, we get to have a fun family outing together. (We took suggestions, followed by a vote. It's glow-in-the-dark bowling this time for us!)
It's only been a few days, but I'm amazed at the results so far. I haven't heard any name-calling since we started (and believe me, that's amazing). I hear incredible compliments being given constantly around my home. I've even been the recipient of incredible praise from my kids. That's put me in a good mood and seems to be working for everyone else, too.
So, if your house at times has felt more like a battle ground rather than a peaceful retreat, spread some warm fuzzies around and see what a difference they can make.