Enjoy_Carving_A_Pumpkin by ChadBrown5

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Enjoy Carving A Pumpkin


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411


Summary:
I am surprised how many people I talk to that have missed out on some of the most foundational experiences
of childhood. I love counseling couples and families and helping them find creative ways to spend family
time together and to enjoy the smallest things in life together. So as I worked with a family last fall, I
suggested that they spend the upcoming Saturday doing nothing but carving pumpkins together.


I was astounded and a little bit frustrated when the three childr...



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I am surprised how many people I talk to that have missed out on some of the most foundational experiences
of childhood. I love counseling couples and families and helping them find creative ways to spend family
time together and to enjoy the smallest things in life together. So as I worked with a family last fall, I
suggested that they spend the upcoming Saturday doing nothing but carving pumpkins together.


I was astounded and a little bit frustrated when the three children looked at each other and then to their
parents without the slighest clue of what I was suggesting. They had never carved a pumpkin. But not only
that, these children had also never even purchased pumpkins for their front porch during the harvest season.
Their parents laughed with a bit of embarrassment and tried to justify the situation to me.


I wasn't interested in hearing excuses about why the kids were deprived of such a normal and fun childhood
experience like choosing and carving a pumpkin. Instead, I just wanted to hear these parents verbalize a
commitment to their children to spend Saturday rectifying the situation. In any family therapy session it is
important to not look backward too far but instead to look to what can be improved for the future.


So spending time carving a pumpkin is simply a metaphor for the fact that families need to spend time
together. Our culture is surrounded by families who are literally falling apart from the insides out, and I
think that lack of time spent together is one of the most significant and solvable problems attacking families.
Taking an afternoon to carve a pumpkin, bake cookies or go for a hike is something that all too many
families see as a foreign concept.
If you have or are planning to have a family of your own, then make a commitment now to make family
time a priority. Let it be important to you to spend time with the people that you love the most. Go to a
pumpkin patch and each pick out a special pumpkin to spend time carving. Or walk through the park and
stop for hot chocolates. Whatever you do, just be intentional about spending time together and about getting
to know each member of your family in fun situations. Your life, the lives of your family, and our world will
all be better as families really take seriously the need for good family time.




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