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With these Holiday months, it seems like every discussion is either about presents, planning, or food preparation but when is the last time you had a real conversation with your family? Or maybe your family is like mine and talking about real things doesn’t come easy. We tend to talk about shallow things like where we got our sweater, how the weather is, or who brought the pecan pie. And while that’s sort of the way things are, I certainly don’t want that “tradition” to carry over to my own children. I want to be able to talk to them about real things and their lives but breaking that history doesn’t come easily to me.
The Family Honor Plate paired with the Table Thyme Discussion Cards helps me open the door to discussion and creates a path of conversation with my kids. The Family Honor Plate is a great way to get the family together to start a conversation. It’s a DIY ceramics-painting project that you can actually paint and bake right in the comfort of your own home. On the plate, there are listed virtues that the whole family can learn from. These virtues range from Self Control, Love, Joy, Faithfulness, and so on. All are wonderful examples of how each person should live their life. So as you’re or your kids are painting you can discuss what each virtue means and how we can use it in our day to day lives.
The whole kit contains a large dinner sized ceramic plate, 9 paint pots, 3 paint brushes of varying sized bristles, 7 discussion starters, a painter’s palette, and a plate stand. For my family, I thought it would be nice if all three of my girls painted their own separate section. I even added their initials and ages to the plate so we can always remember how old they were when they painted it. I nice feature of the plate is when you’re done baking it, you can actually eat off of it. But I think my family is going to use it as a reminder of the kind of people they should continue to be the rest of their lives. The plate stand is great for that. I can set it up on a shelf for all of us to see.
To help make it fair, I added some painters tape to section off their own areas. Just a little tip if you may have more than one child. And for my three-year-old, I also added tape to the middle of the plate so she would only paint the outer rim. And then I just let them go wild and paint whatever their heart’s desire was. It was certainly interesting to see each of their own unique styles come to life.
When they were finished painting I placed the plate into the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The paint baked right on perfectly. And while the end result may not be a masterpiece, it’s beautiful to me because it is an amazing keepsake. But what I really cherished was being able to talk to my girls during the whole experience.
The Table Thyme Discussion Cards really helped with that part and honestly, it was pretty fun. It sort of reminded me of those old trivia card games but instead of guessing fact, we are talking about ourselves and our family. The entire pack contains 180 pages front and back and each page contains a question that can really help you get to know another person. It was fun to ask my daughters some of these questions and hear answers that I never thought they’d give. It’s perfect for family gatherings and I think it would be amazing on road trips.
Overall, I think both products are an amazing way to get to know your family better and just become closer. The Family Honor Plate got us all together and the Let’s Talk Discussion Cards helped us get to know each other.