Tuesday, December 13, 2011

top 10 list

As I was writing up my top 10 list for the things I learned the semester I was surprised by the things that we have covered. I really have learned a lot about family systems in this class. I know that I came into the class thinking that I have already taken a few family classes and so I know what this class is going to be out. Brother Williams has a great deal of experience and knowledge on the different family dynamics. I have learned a ton from this class, and hope that I can remember and apply the lessons learned in my future family.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Family Lessons for the Future

This week the classes were once again informative but on Friday I realized that I spent a lot of class just passively listening to Brother Williams. He was sharing so many insights and writing things on the board and I just watched. The various suggestions offered by the videos we watch on how to deal with teens was the topic. I was just going through the motions when I glanced over at a sister in our class, who has children and noticed that she was taking a few notes of what Brother Williams was saying. The thought came to my mind that I need to take more careful notes of the things being taught, because I will probably want to remember a lot of these strategies when I have my own teenagers. Seeing a mother take notes reminded me that even though I don't have a family now, I need to prepare so that when I am trying to guide my kids that I can have some ideas of how to guide me. Just a small reminder to myself, don't take the lessons being taught for granted. There will be a time in the future, a lot sooner then I believe, when I will need the guidance of these parenting principles that already experienced parents are teaching.