Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Giveaway: Kids Flag Page from Family Matters

Family Matters was a sponsor at the Relevant Conference I attended last October. While there, they gave me a copy of their new Kids Flag Page activity kit:

This is billed as the "operating manual that should have come with each of your kids...but didn't."

They also say this is a "fun way for moms and dads to interact with their kids and truly discover the heart of each child - who God created them to be."

We've been pretty interested in the whole personality typing thing ever since our days with the Navigators, so to have something that does a form of that with our kids is pretty cool. And this is different enough to make it really kid-friendly. More than just going through the stuff on your own and deciding what your child is, this activity bundle allows you to work the process through with your children individually - they tell YOU what makes them tick.

Watch what Tim Kimmel has to say about the program:

His heart for helping parents get to the the hearts of our kids really speaks to my heart. I've read his book, Grace-Based Parenting, and really appreciate his words of wisdom to parents.

Kids Flag Page ContentsThe Kids Flag Page includes:

  • Game Board
  • Instruction Booklet
  • 36 Trait Game Cards
  • 4 Countries of the World Chart
  • Kids Flag Page Book by Dr. Tim Kimmel
  • Supplies for 3 Kids Flag Pages
    • Score Cards
    • Stickers

My primary critique with the program is that it only allows for three kids. Part of the kit has a board game feel to it and part of it has a disposable sticker book type feel to it. If I could offer one suggestion it would be to make it usable for more than these three kids and to make it REUSEABLE so that every year or so we could go over the whole thing with each child again.

They do sell refills for it, but the kit itself is already price-heavy at $44.99. Don't get me wrong - I think this is a worthy resource and worth the initial investment, but I wouldn't want to spend any more than that buying refills or subscribing to the website to do the adult version. As there are 6 of us in our family and the kit supplied materials for 3, we just wrote the info down on pieces of scrap paper for the oldest three of us and let the younger three keep the colorful information cards. When it was all said and done, we were still able to use the program for all 6 of us, it was just a little trickier to manage because we had to cobble together our own method of scoring for the rest of us.
    Now while Craig and I really could look at the main countries sheet and make a pretty good guess which countries each of our kids are "from" it was insightful to see which of the cards they themselves identified with and to see how that matched up (or sometimes didn't) with what we also thought about them.

    If you are looking for a fun way to engage with your kids on a heart level and also begin identifying some personality characteristics, I highly recommend this activity from Family Matters. I really really do.

    Now then, the good news! I am able to give away one of these sets just like the one I received. Here's how to enter:
    • Simply leave any comment on this post. What is it about this program that appeals to you?  That's an automatic entry. 
    •  For a second entry, check out the Family Matters website and browse around a bit. Discover anything worthy of sharing?
    • For a forth entry, mention this contest on your facebook wall and include the link to this giveaway: http://bit.ly/haO8Bn . Come back and leave another comment for that one too.
    • For a sixth entry, subscribe to the blog, Half-Pint House Handouts or follow it via Google Friend Connect in the right sidebar of that blog.  Note: This is a different blog than the one you are on right now. I'm in the process of switching my reviews and giveaways over there. Sorry for the temporary confusion! Come back and let me know that you did it!   
    • Go back to my landing page for this week's giveaways and reviews. Choose one of my "review only" posts to leave a comment on and then come back saying you did that. Presto! A 7th entry!
    Open to US residents only. The winner will be selected by Random.org. This contest will close on Friday, February 11. The winner will be notified that weekend and will need to respond within 48 hours or risk forfeiting the prize to the next in line.  IMPORTANT: You must make sure your Blogger Profile has your email address available for me to contact you. If it is set to private or otherwise not visible, you will need to add it in with your comment. If I can't contact you, I will choose another winner. It's happened before.

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    Disclosure: We were given our own Kids Flag Page to do with our own family. I can not blame the number of people in my family who are in Control Country on Family Matters. Nope. Nor can I blame that the member who is in Perfectionist Country likes to wage war on the Control Country people from time to time. Ahem. Perhaps Family Matters could come up with a virtual counseling course for families to go through after they make their discoveries from using this game.  I keep a proper disclosure statement available right here.

    23 comments:

    NeedANap2 said...

    Getting to my kids' heart appeals to me.

    Christy said...

    Having something to help me figure out this hard job of parenting sounds nice.

    April said...

    I like the idea of my helping my children discover who God made them to be. I think it might help with their interaction with each other.

    thomasrx1 said...

    Sounds interesting.

    thomasrx1 said...

    I've heard several good things about the "Passport to Purity" book.

    thomasrx1 said...

    Link left on facebook!

    thomasrx1 said...

    Like them on facebook and left a comment!

    thomasrx1 said...

    I didn't watch X-Files back in the day but I've started watching on Netflix. I can't believe I didn't watch it!! It is sooo awesome. LOL! BTW-Craig makes a good Mulder.

    Anonymous said...

    Would love to try this out - it's always good to have a real framework rather than using random happenstance conversations ! Suz - belauvibes (at) yahoo (dot) com

    Blommom said...

    I think this looks like a fun way to gain some insight into my children. I think sometimes it is harder to see things about the people you are around all of the time.

    Blommom said...

    I've subscribed to your blog via google reader.

    Dave and AnnLouise said...

    In anticipation of starting the fostering/adoption class next week, I think this would be a great tool to help me get to know my new children when God gives them to me and to learn how to better parent them.
    Ann Louise

    Dave and AnnLouise said...

    I subscribed to the blog!

    Dave and AnnLouise said...

    I put the link on my FB page!

    Dave and AnnLouise said...

    I left a comment on your polly pockets review!

    Team Rehmer said...

    I like anything that gets the family talking nicely to each other.

    Team Rehmer said...

    In Praise of Plan B book looks good. I like Kimmel.

    Team Rehmer said...

    I liked Family Matters on Facebook and linked to your contest.

    Team Rehmer said...

    Left a link on my FB page to your giveaway.

    Team Rehmer said...

    Subscribed to your blog

    Team Rehmer said...

    Left a comment on your Hershey's review.

    Team Rehmer said...

    Woo.
    Almost forgot to follow Familymatters on Twitter and tweet your contest, but I remembered.

    Anonymous said...

    Would like to try this game w my kid's!

    Michelle Ray
    Rayzerbacks6@hotmail.com