Theme for August: Communication
What comes to mind when you hear the word, turkey? Thanksgiving, a bird, Ben Franklin, bowling, an insult? How odd that one word has the power to present so many divergent thoughts. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went bowling with a group of family members. I had a crazy streak of skill and got two strikes in a row. As I clutched the ball for my upcoming turn, my husband called out, “Get a turkey.” I had no idea what to make of that comment. As it turns out a turkey in bowling is like a Hat trick in hockey. Three strikes in a row makes a turkey. Unbelievably I did get that turkey! I won with an all time personal best of 136 points. Normally I don’t break 100. Unwisely I chose to play a second round, finishing the game with a low of 90. In that second game, I was the turkey!
Parenting Tip: Avoid talkin’ turkey. Be clear and direct when giving your children instructions to avoid a misunderstanding.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.