You know right away you are going to totally embrace the idea. Make it your own, even.....
but give credit where credit is due, of course (thank you, Jenn from Mom Time)
This is one of those times.
James fam + Appreciate Plate = golden ideaThe Appreciate Plate is a special plate that rotates to a different family member each time you partake in dinner together. Everyone else has the standard dinnerware... but the designated Appreciate Plate recipient has the AP.
At dinnertime, everyone goes around the table and says something they appreciate about the AP person. Want to see a face glow with excitement? Want a unique way to encourage and uplift? Want to turn a frown upside down?
Appreciate Plate!Our oldest son, Jon, was pretty eager to be the AP member of the family at last night's dinner. Considering I was taking pictures of the event last night, it would've been nice if it wasn't "Leftover Night" and I could've impressed you all with chicken cordon bleu on his plate or something (you know, like I usually make for dinner). Instead you can be impressed with the total randomness that is his dinner. YUM.
ANYways, we've just begun to rotate the AP and haven't even made it all the way around the table yet. But the excitement is brewing in the James household. There have been talks about what is going to be said about Charity when it is her turn for the plate. There have been discussions about whether Caleb or Matthias will be the next AP beneficiary (do we go by age or place at the table?) Do Mom and Dad get a turn?! (um...YEAH!)
Words are just so potent. With them we build others up or tear them down. I find if I'm not intentional about creating an atmosphere of positive language in our home, than what we're left with is merely a lack of discouraging words.
That's good, but it's not great.
If it really takes 10 warm fuzzies to replace 1 hurtful remark than I'm excited about having the Appreciate Plate circle our table many times over!