Hello again, friends! Today I have another review for you. This one is a little bit different, but is such a great idea. It really is perfect for this time of year, when stress is high, and we often lose sight of the more important, smaller things in our everyday lives. I’m talking about the Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards.
So what’s this plate all about? Basically, the Family Honor Plate is a way for the entire family to recognize and encourage displays of good character in the home. The creators of this plate suggest a simple 3 step process for implementing the plate.
- Parents model Christlike behavior for their children. Virtues are listed in the center of the plate, to serve as a point of reference.
- Parents then watch for their children displaying these virtues and making proper choices throughout the day.
- Parents then present dinner for the child on the Family Honor Plate, and talk about the behaviors and choices that led to them receiving the honor of eating from the special plate.
The plate is meant to be personalized for your family. Directions and supplies are included for decorating the plate to make it truly special and unique for your family. Younger kids especially will love being able to personalize the plate, and adding their own personal touch will make them feel even more special when it’s their turn to be honored with the plate.
Here is a video that walks you through it
So what all is included?
- Family Honor Plate
- plate stand
- set of 7 paints
- 3 paint brushes
- instruction booklet
So what was our experience like using the family honor plate? Well, as some of you know, I am a mom of older kids (teenagers) so our experience is a bit different. My boys chose not to decorate the plate (though I still hope they come around and decide to do so.) And instead of serving a meal on the plate, we keep it in the center of our dining room table. We then use small strips of paper to write down displays of Christlike character that we all observe in each other. We then fold the paper and put it on the plate. I like the fact that my boys also get to take part in this observation process. I think it helps them be more aware of others’ behavior, which then encourages them to reflect upon their own. Once the plate starts to fill up a bit, usually once a week, we open up all the slips of paper and talk about all of the good behaviors we have observed in each other. This simple plate, and the practice we have implemented, has been awesome for our family. To see teenage boys encourage each other in their character development and walk with the Lord has been such a blessing to me.
The second item I received from this company is Table Thyme Discussion Cards. This is a set of wire-bound cards, with a question on the front and back of each, that you can sit on the table, and take turns flipping through with the family. These cards ask all kinds of questions to really get some family discussions going. The best part is that every question is followed by a “why?” (No more single-word answer from your teenagers!) Some questions are more simple and fun, while others might require a bit more thought. Either way, they will definitely open up some more interesting discussions than the typical “how was your day?” My boys have a lot of fun with these cards. They especially love the role of choosing and asking the questions. These cards have really helped to extend our family time together at the dinner table. We just love them.
Find out more about the creator of these products, Michelle, HERE
To purchase the Family Honor Plate and Table Thyme Discussion Cards, CLICK HERE.