Friends, parenting is hard.
It doesn’t matter if you have one child or 10 children…it.is.hard.
Chaos, noise, stepping on Legos, nonstop dishes and laundry, dirty diapers, attitude problems (ours AND theirs, ha), bickering…Need I continue?
There are so many worthwhile and rewarding things about parenting, too, and those things give us warm fuzzies and inspiration to keep on walking this crazy path.
I’m increasingly thankful for the village of people God has placed around us to help us raise our kids to love Jesus. We’re blessed to not only have families that are God-fearers, but an astounding church family, too. The more God-fearers helping to point my kids to Him, the better!
Here in the Rumley house, our main goal of parenting is to train our kiddos to love God and use the gifts and abilities He gave them to be productive members of His kingdom. I love having a good grasp on our parenting mission, and I love, love, love having fun ways to help us on the journey.
One way we’ve celebrated our kids in the past is with the red plate. This is a long-time Rumley tradition, and I remember being so thrilled to receive our red plate from my mom-in-law at one of our bridal showers.
We have used the plate mostly for birthdays, salvation anniversaries, job promotions (for Luke), school achievements, etc.
But now a new special plate has joined the cupboard. It’s called the Family Honor Plate. Instead of celebrating occasions, this plate focuses on celebrating good character in our children.
Galations 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit that should be evident in our lives if Jesus is in charge: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I can’t think of any better traits to celebrate seeing in my kids’ lives!
As you can see, the plate comes plain white, with “Family Honor Plate” printed in the center and the fruit of the Spirit listed inside the rim. It comes with all the supplies you need to paint it any way you’d like.
I intended to make this a whole-family project, allowing each person in my family to paint 1/8 of the rim…but life is busy. So I ended up painting it myself, when the kids were all in bed and Luke was away at life group, with some nice instrumental Christmas music playing softly. *sigh*
I used some paper bags (thanks, Aldi!) to protect my dining room table, mixed some of the paints to make colors I enjoy…and away I went.
As the instructions said, I let it dry for an hour and then popped it in my cold oven and set the temp for 350. After it heated up, I baked it for 30 minutes, turned off the oven, and left it in there to cool.
Isn’t she pretty?
What I most look forward to is learning to seek out good character traits in my children. These days, I feel like I do more correcting than praising, and I hope that I can tip the scales the other direction. I want to build up my children with words of affirmation. I think this plate will be a beautiful tool to help do that.
Also included in my review pack was a product called “Table Thyme Discussion Cards.” These are available on the same sites, and sell for $19.95.
The cards are intended to spark good discussion around the dinner table, and we have already enjoyed some great conversation with our kiddos. Here are some sample questions:
What is your favorite thing to do before bedtime? Why?
What do you do that makes your parents very happy? Why?
What is your favorite room in the house? Why?
That’s just a quick sampling of some great discussion-starters…another tool to help families grow closer together. I’m a fan.
I’d love to hear from you if you have other ways to encourage our children to strive for good, Godly character! Please share!
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. All opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.