Holidays and Family Time: What Are You Doing?

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James L. Casale, Ph.D.

One of my readers suggested this topic. She believes, as I do, that the additional family time-even for working parents, is presented during holiday weekends or extended seasonal celebrations including Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a result, I could not help thinking what my wife and I would do differently if we had known, in the 60s and 70s- against what we know now.

First things first

first, we aim to raise and teach our children to be kind, compassionate, considerate, generous, respectful, responsible and apprentices life would have been written as a statement of the mission of the family and posted in a conspicuous place in our house. Would guide our actions as a family. I feel comfortable saying that in “those days” who knew little, but worked hard to raise our two children, James and Karen, in an environment that emphasized personal and academic growth. At that time, I had not yet formulated by Dr. Casale first commandment of parenting:

“You shall have a statement of the mission of the family that has been written in a visible place and. often referred “

(for more information on the mission statements of the family, read chapters one and two in the book by Dr. Casale.)

End Memorial Day weekend

Since I’m writing this on Memorial Day weekend, and my family has a long history of military service, I’ll start here. holiday celebrations are excellent opportunities for parents to set an example as teachers and role models.

Do not allow this significant day goes by without choosing one or more of the following activities ? If you do, I’ll have to revoke their citizenship)

  • Check out a book your local library that explains this sacred day. Read together and talk about it.
  • Listen to a version of Taps. It is most likely on YouTube.
  • Display the American flag.
  • Attend a Memorial Day parade.
  • Check television programming that focuses on Memorial Day and watch it together.
  • Send a card for a veteran who is confined in the hospital and he or she thanks you for your service.
  • Be creative

holidays are the perfect opportunities to learn, and focus on others who are less fortunate and not itself. These life lessons never end in our quest to become better people and better citizens. If you have children at home at any age, it is not too late to increase quality family time and stay true to its mission. The things you do disinterested during any weekend or season are transferable to other parties and other seasonal celebrations.

Dr. Casale is the author of the highly praised book for parents, Wise Up and be the solution: Creating culture of learning at home your child to succeed in school. Skyhorse Publishing (NYC) available in book stores, Amazon and

Copyright: 28 May 2016 James L. Casale, Ph.D.

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