What is an encouragement feast?

Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on why an encouragement feast during a family meeting is so great and how it helps a family become closer
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What is an encouragement feast?

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An encouragement feast can be held anywhere, anytime. Anybody can ask for one. You can have it at the beginning of a family meeting or the end of a family meeting. An encouragement feast is just that, it's one big love fest. It's a time where we give each other our love, admiration, and compliments. The way that it works is this: One person is "it" for the moment. Every person in that family, looks that person in the eye and says, "Kim, what I love about you is you help me when I don't understand something." The next person says something, and the next person says something. After everyone has spoken about the person that's it, that person has an opportunity to say, "Do you know what I love about myself?" Everybody gets a chance to have an encouragement feast. If someone is feeling really discouraged? They can call an encouragement feast. I may say, as a mother, "I've had a really rough week. Things have not gone as planned. I feel discouraged and unappreciated." I might say to my family, "Guys, I need an encouragement feast." There they go. They bring it on and I feel amazing. It's a beautiful time for families.

Kim DeMarchi, MEd, CPE Parent Educator, shares advice for parents on why an encouragement feast during a family meeting is so great and how it helps a family become closer

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Kim has been an educator for more than 20 years.  She has worked as an elementary school teacher in the independent school sector as well as an Assistant Director of Admissions. She had the pleasure of working with and teaching teachers, assistants, students, and parents. Kim is most proud of being a wife and mother of “tween” boy/girl twins. Being an effective parent is Kim’s passion in life. She says, “every day I try to be mindful of each decision I make in regards to parenting with the end in mind”. Besides Kim’s experiential background, she holds her bachelor’s degree, her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a master’s degree in Education, and is a Certified Parent Educator in multiple programs. Kim is the Co-Founder of Empowered Parenting, which offers courses, workshops, and one-on-one coaching to parents, teachers, grandparents, healthcare workers, counselors, corporate America, and anyone who relates to children. Kim’s knowledge and experience coupled with her enthusiasm, humor, empathy and compassion, has helped thousands of people worldwide with their daily interactions with children. Kim’s goal is to help reduce conflict, foster mutual respect, and create deeper communication and connections between loved ones.

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