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Each week on a designated "Strengths Night" the family sit together around the table (phones and ipads turned off!)
Taking it in turns, mum, dad and the children help each other to select a ‘strengths ticket’ that reflects the strength they have demonstrated during that week. (This task is completed by each person in the family.)
In the first instance, each person should be encouraged to choose their own ticket, asked by the rest of the family to describe when they used this strength during the week. The family can then step in if the person needs a little help.
Once each person has selected their ticket, it is added to the magnetic strip next to their photograph.
During the week the family look out for any occasion when each other use their "recognised" strength. This is celebrated by adding a star to the family member’s photograph each time they are seen using the strength. The person, themselves, can also add a star each time they use the strength.
The family meet again a week later on "Strengths Night" and discuss how each family member used their strength in a different situation. New strengths are identified and the new cycle begins again.
Further note: I have used this activity at parents' workshops with great success, inviting mums and dads to create the chart to take home to use with their children. Feedback has indicated that their family have enjoyed using the activity!