4/27/21: This week one of our families wasn’t able to make it, but one that missed our last session was so we decided to do a repeat of last week. Although the lessons were the same, we changed up our games a bit.
The first game took place right after supper and it involved the family participants being blindfolded. Their only directions were to create a square in three minutes or less. Once the task was completed, they discussed what they would have changed about their process and what would have made it more successful. Mom decided that she took charge more than she should have and didn’t let her son contribute because they were just trying to hurry and complete the task. They tried again, but this time created a circle (which is much harder than the square). They finished before the three minutes were up and were very successful with the changes they made. We chose this game to use as an opener to the sessions because it relied on communication and expectations of each participating family member.
Both the caregiver and youth sessions went very similar to last week. We brought up the idea of using family meetings as a chance to discuss expectations of members in the home, plan meals, set schedules, and simply spend time with each other. In addition to the take-home game for the week, we were able to distribute some of our EFNEP materials to encourage family time in the kitchen and around the table.
Although this week’s session was a repeat of last week, I as a facilitator have really enjoyed the one-on-one time with our caregivers. I feel as if I’m learning as much from them as they are from our program. These relationships we build with families are the core of our program’s success.