Thursday, July 24, 2014

First Things First: Resources to Strengthen Families ~ Plus, a MoonPie Family Prize Pack Giveaway! #FirstThingsFirst

First Things First (FTF) is an award-winning, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to strengthening families. It is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals. It accomplishes its mission through meaningful media messaging and skill-building classes.

Did you know:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse; 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.

The second statistic above especially spoke to me because my husband and I often feel like we’re just not on the same page! Often, we make assumptions about the “hidden meaning” behind what the other is saying, only to find that we’ve been completely wrong. Watch the humorous FTF video below, which shows how a typical couple usually communicates.



Other interesting videos from FTF include:
Save Your Marriage
Daddy/Daughter Relationships
Dad's Way
Date Your Spouse

Summer is all about family and spending quality time with the ones you love. And the more skills you develop, the more time you invest in your family and your relationships. Visit http://firstthings.org for more resources to help strengthen your family!

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One lucky winner will receive a MoonPie / First Things First Family Prize Pack, which includes:
- His and Hers MoonPie T-shirts (2 Large T-shirts)
- 2 Boxes of MoonPies

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Each household is only eligible to win one (1) First Things First Moon Pie Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure: The assets included within this post were delivered to me to promote First Things First. I received an Amazon gift card as a thank-you gift.

55 comments:

  1. I liked it and it is so true about understanding one another in relationships. Her texting really threw her off and we all need to communicate more

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  2. I can relate to the texting portion of the video. My wife has her phone glued to her hand no matter what she is doing. If texting were around when we got married she probably would have texted her friends during the ceremony.

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  3. This is so true in marriage. My husband has his nose glued to the tv. I'll ask, did you hear what I said....of course he heard a word or two and makes up something.

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  4. I like that they brought up the texting. I often see couples in public texting on their phones rather than having an actually conversation. I liked it.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  5. I've been married for 17 years now and communication is really important to us. We all have had times like that at where someone else really isn't listening and we just need to pay more attention to that.This is why, at the dinner table i do not allow and cell phones. This is our family time to sit and see how everyone's day is going.

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  6. I can definitely relate to the video above. Especially the texting. My husband and even my daughter and son in law are always on the phones, even during meal times. Now this video has me wondering what my husband really means when he says something!

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  7. I think people, especially people in relationships, need to put phones down and communicate face to face more.

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  8. Communication is very important in any kind of relationship. I am glad that my Hubz and I don't have these problems.

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  9. I thought the video was spot on with how we can either ignore our companions due to technology overload or don't say what we really mean. We could all do better!

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  10. This is so true, especially the texting. It's definitely something to make an effort to improve, I 'm definitely guilty of not hearing my husband sometimes.

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  11. My husband and myself make a point to communicate no matter what.

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  12. very true to life for sure. thankyou,ken pohl19@comcas.net

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  13. The texting is very common these days. I see that alot. Communication is very important

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  14. I need to lay off the texting. That spoke to me!

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  15. One thing I'm really glad about is that my husband & I are not married to our phones... we have gone out to dinner and noticed couples each on their own separate cell phones texting through the entire meal - and I'm guessing it is not to each other! The video was very accurate.

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  16. Communication is definitely important - & not social networking communication. Actually talking to one another, face to face.

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  17. I liked it because it was talking about common ways couples can miscommunicate

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  18. I think that communication is important,at our house no cell phones are allowed!

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  19. communication is so important-no cell phones at our table

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  20. The key is to listen and communication.

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  21. brittany marie thompson9:41 PM

    love it. i can relate as hubby is constantly on phone

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  22. I can definitely relate! I feel like our whole family constantly is texting. It is really infringing on our communication. I think that's why our camping trips are always so wonderful - we leave all the electronics behind!

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  23. I agree, I am not a mind reader.

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  24. Mindful listening and asking questions is important for any relationship. I liked the Lost In Translation video.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. I also liked the video on the Daddy/ Daughter Date.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  26. I thought it was a great visualization of how technology and what we really want to say but don't say sometimes doesn't get communicated correctly or at all.

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  27. I thought this video was a clear way of showing how people don't communicate. I think it's plain rude to talk with anyone while on a phone or computer. At my age, the biggest thing I've learned about communication that I didn't see in the video is being direct and honest but at the same time loving. When I'm being honest, no one needs to try to "figure out what my subtitles are". Thanks!

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  28. Can relate, we need communicate more. My hubby comes home and goes straight to the tv.

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  29. I like the examples they show of how technology can get in the way of communication. (Laura DeLuca)

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  30. This is an important topic because its so easy to end up arguing over a miscommunication.

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  31. awesome video! very informative

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  32. i can relate its verry true

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  33. Makes me realize to put down technology more often.

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  34. There are so many times where I get upset at something my husband says and find out later that he was meaning something completely different...subtitles would be so helpful!

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  35. Fortunately my husband and I are very connected but we do know couples that this video resembles completely. We both have cell phones but neither of us are into texting and they aren't used at home.
    We talk often about anything and everything.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  36. I thought it was funny! I think everyone needs to learns how to communicate better by actually listening to the person you are talking to.

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  37. communication is key

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  38. The texting portion was very relatable

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  39. matt lehman2:55 PM

    very true my wife is always saying im not really listening to her because of the tv haha

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  40. communication...It was great to see the texting and lack of talking.

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  41. My husband and myself make a point to communicate no matter what. Awesome video, very inspiring :)

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  42. Anonymous8:04 PM

    My daughter never has her phone out of her site. Sometimes I wonder if she can carry on a convo without typing it.

    Tiffany Lane
    mckenziesmom1@hotmail.com

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  43. I like that it is about communication. Today with the internet and cell phones, it seems like communicating one on one is something we do less and less. I completely agree that when we communicate with one another we build a healthy relationship.
    Laurie Emerson
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  44. Honestly... too drunk to listen to that lady talk...

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  45. I believe that the world we live in today has lost the ability to communicate like we should due to all the electronic /social media

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  46. Asking questions is key to knowing what the other person is really saying. I think that texting really is annoying while you are trying to have a conversation with someone.

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  47. This video reminds me of a comic I saw on Facebook once, it was a a woman writing in her diary and it was about 2 pages long about how her hsuband was pulling away, and how she thought he must have another owman etc. etc. etc. Then it showed the husbands diary "bike wont' start I wounder what's wrong". Communication is the key to a happy relationship no matter what type of a relationship it is.

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  48. How very true about technology. My boyfriend is always texting or watching tv..I feel like asking him for an apointment

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  49. This is so very true. Communication is so important and something we need to work on. Sometime we are not only not on the same page, we are not even in the same book.

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  50. I need to lay off the texting. That spoke to me!

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  51. I so agree and I need to work harder on better communication

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  52. i definitely have communication issues like these.

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  53. I can't agree more - communication is key !!

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  54. I feel communication is so important and I know I for one, have problems texting too much. Texting should never replace actual face-to-face communication.

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  55. This was helpful

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