Building the family narrative

This goes along with the study on developing resilience in kids through family connections.  This is the last one I’m posting related to the article in the NY Times.  But it’s always great to have fun together.

Getting To Know You Games

  • I REMEBER WHEN… Everyone completes the sentence. Decide whether the sentence will be something about yourself, or something about another person at the table.
  • MY SPECIAL TALENT IS Here’s a way to reveal something you’re good at that no one else knows about.
  • PET PEEVES AND IDIOSYNCRASIES You can start by debating the subtle difference between the two, for pet peeves and idiosyncrasies are very different although they are commonly confused. To play, ask each person to name a pet peeve and one of their idiosyncrasies. For advanced (thick-skinned) players only, another version of this game would be to name one another’s idiosyncrasies and pet peeves.
  • LIMITATIONS AND VIRTUES First, provide an explanation of what a limitation is and what a virtue is. Then the self-reflection begins. Insightful!

BIG WORDS {you should know}
Pet Peeve is a noun. An annoyance.
Idiosyncrasy is a noun. Any personal peculiarity or mannerism.

{A static list of games that you and your’s can play to expand minds, build vocabularies, and keep conversation flowing at the dinner table can be found here. This page also links to several common prayers and quotes to stir up gratitude and find new ways to give thanks and appreciate life’s gifts.}

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About Karen Hopkins

Karen Hopkins (1949-) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Martinez, California. At seventeen she moved to Talcahuano, Chile. After completing her university degree she worked in London, England for Pan American Airlines and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and India. For twenty-six years Karen taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in a variety of settings including a private school in Panama, the "most remote school in the United States" in Ticaboo, Utah, the Navajo Reservation, and a teacher exchange in Hermosillo, Mexico. Karen and her husband traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America, spending many summers in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala . Karen currently lives in Southern Arizona, near the Mexican border.
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