Tea moments give us a chance to connect and reflect in our busy days – after several weeks of exploring reflection we are going to explore connection and what a better place and time than with family at American thanksgiving – Canadians celebrate this a little earlier but why not again : )

And yes we will have a Black Friday virtual sale : ) coming next Thursday!

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, & valued; when they can give & receive without judgment; & when they derive sustenance & strength from the relationship.” ― Brené Brown

Family Connection - 4th GenerationOur family gets together every Sunday and shares a meal with relaxing tea moments before and after. And if time allows we also connect a few times during the week to pause from our busy schedules and enjoy each other’s company.

Although preferred, family connection times needn’t be in person. Schedule a virtual date with a cup of tea – Nowadays with Skype, Google Hangouts, Face Time we can share these tea moments virtually. Connect, share and enjoy.

Over the next month and a half, we are going to be swamped with so many things on our to-do lists. Let’s remember to keep our family connections strong, taking time to enjoy each other’s company.

Here are a few suggestions to enjoy your family connections:

  •  When asking “How was your day?” remember to not only hear the words, but hear the tone, see the facial expression, check to see if the eyes agree with the words. This question often becomes so automatic that we forget to really listen.Family Connection at the Park
  • Enjoy a tea moment together – explore new kinds of tea – share your reviews and tastes  – many kids are enjoying tea and to concentrate, to really taste can be very rewarding to share.
  • Enjoy shared time with your family – maybe a game or movie night  – accompanied by tea – everyone can choose their own blend and flavor.
  • Start a new or revive an old activity you can share – cooking, crafts, yoga, martial arts, swimming, or just play in the backyard.

 

It’s not where you are but who you are with that is important!

How do you keep your family connection strong?

What do you all like to do together?

Share with us for a chance to win one of this weeks tea suggestions!

 

Here are two teas that are perfect to share with your Family (both are caffeine free):

West Cape Chai from Rishi Tea in Milwaukee WI

Rooibos Chocolate Mint  from Totalitea The Tea Boutique in Calgary, AB 

 

 Congratulations to Shawna our winner of last weeks Nature Tea Moment Giveaway

 

More Family Connections reading:

Carving out time for Family Connections

5 Tips to Strengthen your Family Connections

Families that Play Together Stay Together

 

Comments (20)

  1. Sarah B.

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    Our family (Mom, Dad, 4 yr old, 2 year old) enjoy drinking Monkey Dessert tea together while reading lots of books and cuddling! We also like singing, dancing, painting, hiking, biking, jumping on the trampoline, and being silly together!

  2. Kimberly

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    When the weather isn’t nice, we have a family movie night. We have a fire in the place, snacks, and watch our favorite movies. Sometimes we have a board game night also.

  3. Reply

    hubby and I like to bundle up after dinner and take a long walk in the neighborhood. the streets are quiet and sometimes we just walk in silence listening to the wind and little things. other times we chat about our day or brainstorm ideas for our writing projects

  4. Reply

    One of my favorite connections is driving into the countryside to collect spring water with my boyfriend. It has turned into a beautiful ritual of giving thanks for the water (that is then turned into delicious tea) we drink knowing it comes from a clean source. We usually go on a hike after which boosts connections on all levels of our relationship, especially within ourselves. <3

  5. Danielle

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    We live in the country. We spend a lot of time outside. The past few weeks we have been spending the day together gathering and cutting wood. Mind you we don’t need it for heat or anything we have a firepit outside. We have a bonfire and roast hotdogs and make smores.

  6. Daphne

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    We are always helping each other as a family. We do most everything together. We LOVE to go to the drive-in it is open March to October here in Kansas:)

  7. Olivia Rubin

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    Because my sister lives in a different state than my mom and I, we make it a point to Skype each Sunday. Even if it is for 5 minutes, it is so much more personal than the phone. It is like she is in the house with us. We hang up feeling like we were all just together.

  8. Karol

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    My husband and I love to cuddle up and watch a movie together and have some tea (for me) or hot chocolate (for him). We also just like to sit together and talk about our days and the future.
    My parents and brother also live very close by, so we enjoy all getting together for dinner at our house once in a while and just catching up.

  9. Bev

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    One of the best times my husband and I share is sitting in our favorite coffee shop drinking tea – I love oolong and pu-erh. My husband drinks black tea. After catching up on our week, he will read the paper while I journal. This time allows us several cups of tea. On occassion, a friend will even stop by for a chat!

  10. Renata

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    We keep our family connections strong by playing classic board games together and enjoying a nightly dinner meal together freshly cooked!

  11. Mary

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    My family likes to cook and take walks together. We are fortunate enough to live on some land. We like to explore it together. Lately we have “adopted” a barn owl who lives in a tree outside our back door.

  12. Reply

    My family does a lot of cooking, baking and eating together (and for each other). We are a family of healthy foodies! Sharing a meal made with love is an opportunity to strengthen our family connection three times a day.

    Also, never underestimate the power of a family weekend nap. We have two very young kids so a little afternoon siesta is good for everyone 🙂

  13. Raymond

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    I take my family out to eat once a week at least to enjoy each other’s company and catch up on all of our daily lives and happenings.

  14. Kelli

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    We keep our family connection strong by spending time together. We eat meals together, play together, pray together, etc. Our kids love to read and be read to; we enjoy playing games and cooking together, movie nights, etc. We love road trips, be it for field trips for school or camping. We even share in the household chores!

  15. Bridgette

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    My family and I spend time over food. One side prefers to spend time cooking and eating together. This allows us to spend many hours learning about family traditions. My other half of the family goes out to eat but what we all do is share the dishes which allows us to each compromise with what we are ordering to allows everyone to try the food.
    However, now that I have been drawn into the world of Tea I share tea with them. I do this by taking my tea to our gatherings with my gaiwan set and enjoy traditional tea with them. It sparks conversation and is fun for me to share my passion.

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