TV, video games, iPods and cell phones mean that our lives are filled with noise. The quantity of this communication, however, comes at the expense of quality. It is a sad commonplace that most parents and children talk to each other for less than 5 minutes a day – one knowledgable source I asked about this suggested it was about 2.6 minutes per day. How sad is that?
For this reason, Bret Nicholaus and Tom McGrath of Loyola Press have put together “The Meal Box,” a deck of 52 cards with a fun and thought-provoking question on one side and a practical tip for parents on the other side which helps them apply the question to their family’s faith live.
“If someone gave you $1,000 in cash – in the form of ten $100 bills – and told you that you had to give it all away within twenty-four hours, to whom would you give the money?
Food for Family Thought: Advertising fills our children’s imaginations with many things they can acquire and possess. Counter that by showing your child the joy of being a creative giver. For example, invite your child to donate toys and clothes to those in need or to assist a neighbor who could use a helping hand.”