Welcome to Day #15 of the Grounded Series!
We hope you are enjoying the journey as we explore faith and frustrations, and have fun in the process. Would you consider sharing this series with a mom, mentor, or tween that you love? We’d appreciate that!
Just a reminder that on Saturdays, Brooke and I will be doing a Facebook Live video on my author/speaker page for the “I Dare You” Challenge. This challenge is designed to grow your relationship with your tween by doing something silly or stretching together.
If you missed last week’s “I Dare You to Eat It!” Challenge, you can watch the video here. Our ice cream concoction was “interesting” to say the least. 🙂
Sometimes tweens and their parents frustrate each other. Instead of trying to win every argument, build a bridge by spending time together, working towards a common goal.
Today’s challenge is…
I Dare You to Try It!
As we mentioned before, Brooke likes to bake. She is at home in the kitchen and likes to whip up sweet culinary creations on a regular basis.
Sometimes it’s easier to accomplish a goal when you are just depending on yourself. But today’s challenge is to work as a team toward a common goal.
- Let your tween pick a dessert to bake. Pull out the cookbooks or find a recipe on Pinterest.
- Let your tween take the lead as much as possible during the baking process. The parent will serve as the assistant and will take instructions from their tween (Moms, try not to interfere. Let your child lead you, unless they specifically ask you a question. If your child hasn’t done much cooking, instruct as necessary to keep them safe and informed enough to measure properly, etc.).
- Enjoy the process. Practice patience. And then sit down and eat your treat together when it’s done.
- While you eat your treat, ask your tween one or more of the following questions:
- What was the most fun about today’s challenge? What was the hardest part about the challenge?
- What is something that I can do to help you feel more confident or successful?
- What is one thing I do that drives you crazy?
- If you could plan the perfect outing, what would it be?
- Is there something I can be praying about for you?
- Do you like to try new things? Why or why not?
If you feel brave enough, let your tween ask you any question they want to, or have them ask one of the questions above.
Don’t forget to clean up the kitchen when you are done. 🙂
The point of this challenge is to give your tween an opportunity to lead as you spend quality time together. Help your child grow as you demonstrate patience and practice listening instead of lecturing.
Have fun! You can watch our “I Dare You to Try It!” video here.
Stay Grounded in Love,
Katie and Brooke
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