I'm sure most of you have heard about TED talks. They are awesome. But let me introduce you to FRED talks-they are waaaay cooler! If you are planning for a family reunion-- this is your jam!
These are the family pictures we had taken recently. It was the first time we had all of us together in a long time!
Photo credit: Sherilee Olson
F.R.E.D. talks stand for: Family Research, Education and Development. My siblings and parents do these at our family reunions and WE. LOVE. THEM! Here's the theory behind it: We all have different specialties. We all have been learning different things, have different interests and live in different parts of the country. Why not share ourselves with everyone? If this sounds boring, I promise-it's not! We've learned what it is like to live in Russia, seen beautiful pictures from various hikes, and learned about different hobbies of various family members. It doesn't have to be academic (though it can be) or stuffy (which they never are!). But no matter the topic, they are always fun!
I hate to brag, but my family is pretty awesome. We have educators, therapists, lawyers, software developers, nurses, and more! I'll bet your family has similarly fascinating people. Even though we try to keep in touch, sometimes we don't always do a great job. I want to learn from all these cool people, and F.R.E.D. talks at our family reunions are a super fun way to do it.
1. You only talk if you want to. This way, F.R.E.D. talks are super easy and low pressure.
2. Talk about what ever you want.
3. Talk or lead a discussion for as long or as short a time as you want. The ideal for us has been 5-10 minutes. It's not too long, and it doesn't take a ton of time to prepare for it.
That's it! Let the family love, bonding and learning begin!
Community Question: What awesome family reunion traditions do you have?
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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