Need a Good Attitude & Values Chat? Go To Arby’s

I was not happy today with how my children were treating each other. And their daddy was very unhappy over a violation of his privacy.  While the children lost computer and Netflix privileges for the breach of privacy, it was time to regroup and have a chat on how we are supposed to treat each other.

So the kids piled into the car and I headed toward Arby’s. Why?

  1. The kids like going to Arby’s. It’s a special treat, saved for special occasions and important family discussions.
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  3. It’s relatively quiet, so we can hear each other.
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  5. It’s free of electronic distractions – no tv monitors or video games. We can actually use the time together to chat.

Today’s discussion was on the most important commandment: Love each other (John 15:12, 17). And, how we show love to others. Then we discussed privacy and secrets, and when to keep secrets and when it’s okay to tell secrets. Followed up by a discussion of the values printed on the kids meal bag, and what they mean:

Arby’s Values (from the Arby’s Kids Meal bag)

If you can dream it, you can do it!

Do the best you can, in all that you do.

Set high goals and make them happen!

Always treat each other with respect and fairness

Make the most of every day. Life is meant to be enjoyed.

Help make life better for those around you.

Here in this fast food resturant, free of distractions of home, glowing from a special outing, the kids and I discussed these heavy topics, went through scenarios, and acted out examples of love and serving. It’s an unlikely place, but effective, for a reminder on the most important thing I can teach the kids. Afterall it doesn’t matter how well we homeschool academics if the kids’ attitude and behavior towards others is wrong.

So next time you need a good heart-to-heart talk, I highly recommend finding your local equivelent of Arby’s - a quiet place, free of distractions and full of special memories.

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