Every year, Thailand has a special day to celebrate children. This is to encourage parents to spend some quality time with their children and take time to appreciate their unique gifts. This year, Children's Day fell on January 12, which coincided both with Building Family Dreams workshop day and with our friend Pi Lek and Pi Dee visiting from Rotary in the US! It was also the one year anniversary of the death of Ruan Hom, so our team had a moment of rememberance for her as well.
This month, our focus was on "Parental Responsibilities." Butsaba and Jay taught parents about the duties of parents to their children, how to understand children's emotions, words to encourage children and how to teach through example.
Meanwhile, Heather talked with the children about goals for 2019. They had some fun printables from www.biglifejournal.com to write down two things they want to improve, one thing to do less of, one new thing they want to try and some things they want to learn about.
Then, they learned about emotions and how our bodies react when we are feeling different emotions. They got the chance to draw different emotions and write down how they feel when they are experiencing those emotions. Finally, the families came back together to create a household expectation list, coming up with house rules together so the whole family has a buy-in and are more likely to follow the rules. After lunch, everyone went to the airport sports field to participate in Children's Day games and activities. It was a fun day for all.
It was also a very exciting day because of our special guests, Pi Lek and Pi Dee, who are from Thailand originally but came all the way from America to visit. They are from our friends at the Westchester Rotary in Los Angeles, CA and presented us with $1000 donation that will support the translation of the book The Well-Armored Child, by Joelle Castaix, into Thai. We are very excited for this new resource to be widely available to Thai families so they can learn how to protect their children from sexual abuse. We anticipate the final version will go to print by the end of 2019, so stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, you can order your own copy at https://www.amazon.com/Well-Armored-Child-Parents-Preventing-Sexual/dp/1632990393
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