Have I mentioned that I loved going to the Relevant Conference? I have? Oops! Sorry about being repetitious. ;-)
You may recall me saying that, of all the goodies in our grab bag, my absolute favorite was a toss up between the acrylic tumbler from Family Matters blog and a beautiful Relevant necklace from The Vintage Pearl. Seriously, I wash that cup and reuse it (for my sweet tea, of course!) every day.
Family Matters blog is the blog for daily parenting and marriage encouragement, born of the Family Matters website, a non-profit ministry created to encourage marriage and family relationships through Dr. Tim Kimmel’s grace-based approach. The folks at Family Matters gave their latest parenting tool, The Kids Flag Page, to those Relevant bloggers who wanted to try it out and blog about it.
The Kids Flag Page is a unique, interactive tool for discovering your child’s personality style. Designed for kids ages 4-15, the Kids Flag Page is set up like a game, but it’s actually a personality survey. The kit comes complete with enough material to assess the personality traits of up to three children:
- an instruction booklet that fully explains how to administer the survey play the game
- the book, Discovering Your Child’s Heart with the Flag Page, by Dr. Tim Kimmel
- 36 “motivation cards”
- one sturdy game board
- three parents’ score card bookmarks
- three sets of stickers
- three copies of “My Flag Page”
- a Four Countries of the World chart
The Kids Flag Page kit can be ordered for $49.99, while additional kits can be ordered for $12 each from the Family Matters website. You can even do the Kids Flag Page yourself and see what results you get. Watch this YouTube video as Dr. Tim Kimmel explains the heart of the Kids Flag:
From the Family Matters website, which the Kids Flag Page, you can:
- Discover the way God uniquely hardwired your children individually and how to best relate to them.
- Find the six key things that motivate your child
- Find out what your children love most about life.
- Connect to the heart of your child.
- Learn the do’s and don’ts of how to motivate, encourage, discipline and help each child succeed in life.
- Learn how to raise your kids in the power of God’s grace.
- Discover how to bring the best out of your strong-willed kids.
I “played” the Kids Flag Page with each of my children and all of them really enjoyed it. I was surprised at some of the insight it gave me into their personalities. Often there would be a motivation card that I was sure they would put on the “always me” square and they’d put it on the “never me” square instead, or vice versa. So there were things that I thought were really important to them that turned out to be not so much or things that I didn’t think would be especially important to them that they saw as very important.
The final results, overall, while not terribly shocking, were very interesting and insightful. My girls wound up with the same “home” and “adopted” countries, which probably explains why they clash so often – you know what the all-knowing “they” say about not getting along with someone because you’re so much alike.
After I completed the parent scorecard bookmarks, I started reading up on my kids personality styles in the book, Discover Your Child’s Heart. There is a chapter for each of the main “home countries,” as well as chapters for each combination of “home/adopted country.” The last several chapters of the book give a brief overview of Dr. Kimmel’s “grace-based” parenting approach.
While there were some characteristics listed for each personality style that didn’t seem to fit my kids,which isn’t unusual since each child is unique and displays nuances of a variety of personality traits, there were moments of great insight that made me have to pull out my highlighter. That’s saying something for this girl who doesn’t like to mark in books.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary.