Our second edition of the #Familyspirit Day: Cook and Learn was a huge succes! We had seven families who joined us to cook Indonesian rolls at WMO Radar in Rotterdam.
There are several different reasons why Yasmin and I organise the #Familyspirit days. The most important reason is the fun factor! We like to be around happy people who value great family relationships and bring in positive vibes. Another reason is to bring families together to build a tribe of loving parents and teens and to create a platform where we can learn from each other. The day is also filled with teambuilding activities to strengthen the connection between parents and teens.

IMG_4564This cosy #Familyspirit Day was held indoors as fall has reached The Netherlands and the weather is getting really cold. We are grateful to WMO Radar in Rotterdam for sharing their kitchen for this Cook and Learn day.
As my roots are Indonesian, we decided to teach the families how to make delicious Indonesion rolls. Not only is this a yummy treat, it is also the perfect snack to prepare with a lot of people as many hands are needed to make it: cutting vegetables, frying roll sheets and shredding chicken.

As facilitators for this concept it is important to us to connect on a personal level with the families and a great way to get to know everyone is by splitting up the parents and teens. Yasmin took care of the, while I connected with the parents.

The parents

The parents

After the fun introductions Yasmin and I asked both parent and teen to write thank-you-notes for each other to create an atmosphere of gratitude. We often forget how important it is to express gratitude towards each other as we get stuck in daily life obligations, rushing from one activity to another and getting consumed by other interests except by the most important one: the family connection.

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It was awesome to see how a positive vibe was created when we read the revealing thank-you notes out loud while cutting the veggies and preparing the other ingredients for the rolls.
Some children shared their true feelings of gratitude for the first time and brought their parents to tears. These priceless moments are what #Familyspirit stands for…..the unconditional love between parent and teen. You should never underestimate the impact of something so simple as writing a thank-you note!

The Thank You Notes

The Thank You Notes

Effective learning is also an essential part to the #Familyspirit days and a group discussion is the perfect tool for that! After we finished cooking it was time to discuss four different statements about issues that might occur during the teenage years. By holding up a red or green card each parent and teen could agree or disagree with the statements. We enjoyed the full participation from both parents and teens as it was a very lively discussion! Great questions were raised and it was really funny to hear the opinions from different points of view. Not only were they different between parent and teen, but also between the different families. I love moments like these as they are a great opportunity to learn from each other!

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

The day finished with an creatively driven activity to strengthen the family bond and each family had to draw and design a family logo, shield or coin. It takes communication, creativity and teamwork to come up with something special and the families didn’t disappoint us. Original and inspirational results were shown while each family told their story behind their own design.

It was a fantastic day full of positivity with many new insights about the teenage years. We’d like to thank the incredible families for being so enthusiastic about the #Familyspirit day. It inspires us to continue to help parents and teens to get the best relationship ever!

We are looking forward to our next edition!

Love,

Juliette