Turns out I share something in common with the First Family!
Momlogic's Julie: When I heard that Michelle Obama and family do something called "roses and thorns," where they each share their rose and their thorn for the day, I smiled. At our house, it's called "good thing, bad thing" -- and it's a nightly tradition.
Every evening during dinner, we go around the table and say our "good thing, bad thing" for the day.
I've noticed that this really encourages my kids (age 9 and 6) to share things they wouldn't otherwise tell me, like getting their feelings hurt on the playground (bad thing) or getting praise from the teacher or principal (good thing). Plus, it encourages kids to take stock of their day and recognize that every day has good and bad, and that's part of life.
When I ask my kids how school went, they often reply "fine" or "I don't know," so any bit of detail or specifics is welcomed by me!
"Good thing, bad thing" is one of my favorite things about our family dinners ... and I'm glad the Obamas do it, too. Hey, that might be the "good thing" I share at tonight's dinner!
What are YOUR family traditions you'd encourage other moms to try?