First, A Quiz from Charles Schultz
Here’s an eye-opening quiz for you, from the late Charles Schultz:
Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer prize. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.Blended Families The Caring Quiz Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do? The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolade and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
List a few teachers who aided your journey through school. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with. Name half a dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.
Easier? The lesson? “The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.” – C. Schultz
The Caring Quiz
Now, here’s my quiz: List three things you’ve done recently to show your appreciation for your partner. Name the favorite colors of everyone in your household. Think of at least two things each of the children in your home have done in the last 24 hours that is positive. Think of five ways you’ve demonstrated your love for your family. List ten things that you are grateful for right now. List five positive traits that you bring to your family.
How’d you do? Did you discover anything about yourself? If you found yourself struggling to come up with responses, you may want to consider an “attitude adjustment.” Visit our marriage coaching page to schedule a coaching session to overcome what’s keeping you from being more positive and proactive these days.
Action Step Share this quiz with your partner and explore your responses with each other. Use this as a way to jump-start a conversation about how you each show you care – for each other and for the children in your home. Notice with each the impact you are making on the lives of the children you are raising together. Do those kids feel appreciated and loved? Do they seek you out for advice and encouragement?Blended Families The Caring Quiz, Support each other and create an environment where kids feel delight when in your presence. NOTE: Use of this article requires links to be intact.