Healthy, strong family relationships are foundational to young people’s growth, learning, and well-being.
These relationships build strong social and emotional strengths that kids use throughout their lives.
But great family relationships don’t just happen..
Welcome to My Discovery Destination!
Discovery Family Adventures
where your family can find plenty of opportunities to
The Discovery Family Adventures provide ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships.
Our goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves
and to support parents in raising happy, successful, resilient kids in an exciting,
but sometimes turbulent and dangerous world.
Choose from the Adventures listed below
(or design your own family adventure!)
Setting Personal and Family Goals
Set your family up for success!
Make a plan for how you will use the Discovery Family program to bring your family closer together.
Review the following information and set goals for your family in using the Discovery Family program.
Let each family member be involved in determining the goals and choosing the adventures.
You may want to provide rewards for participation i.e. an extra 1/2 hour before bedtime, an extra 10 minutes of screen time, favorite dessert, etc.
Show family members you were paying attention to their goals by remembering them and supporting them as they work towards them. Acknowledge when they do things that will help them reach their goals, i.e. "Great job on ___, that will really help you move toward your goal of ____." Avoid pointing out things that will keep them from their goals as that turns the goal setting experience into a punishment. You may be able to, in the right situation, say something like, "Have you considered which of these choices would move you closer to your goals and which ones would move you further away?" Ensure it is said with love rather than judgment, and that the child will accept it as such. If there is any chance that the child will interpret your comment as a punishment, better to leave it left unsaid. There are other ways to address the issue.
My Discovery Destination! and the Discovery Family program is all about
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES and BUILDING CHARACTER.
The intention of this program is to help families discover their uniqueness, build character and resilience in kids, develop life skills, learn to serve others, and become contributing citizens and positive influences in their communities.
It is designed to be personalized and customized to each family as a whole and to each individual family member. The various 'Adventures' are designed to bring families together and to foster healthy relationships within the family, facilitating healthy family bonding through fun Adventures that involve service and learning activities. In addition, the Adventures are intentionally designed to encourage both group and individual exploration of personal interests and talents that can lead to personal growth and development, and to encourage family support for each family member as they pursue their dreams.
The Discovery Family program will assist parents as they help each family member to recognize how they are already growing and where they would like to improve, to discover and develop their unique interests and talents, and to identify personal goals that will help them become the very best version of themselves.
So-- where do you start?
Set Goals! Utilize Wattson's Goal Chart to identify where your family is starting, and where you would like go with this program.
Share Your Goals! Give each family member a chance to share their goals. Discuss the Discovery Activity as a family, and possibly with each child individually to learn more about their goals and how you as a family can support each other as you work towards reaching those goals. Help your children recognize the strengths they already have within themselves to achieve their dreams.
Parents~ remember that as you show by your example how to develop in a balanced way and continue to learn and grow it will be easier for your children. Be a part of the process! Set your own goals and make your own plans for growth. Be sure to find opportunities to share your experiences with your children.
Create a family plan to support one another. This may include tailoring the weekly 'Adventures' around the goals of a family member, or planning a completely separate 'Adventure' for your family that will support a family goal, or an individual goal of one of your family members. You will want to set up regular times to share what you are learning together, and having meaningful discussions about your goals.
Recognize and Praise Progress! Look for opportunities to recognize and praise the efforts of family members. Let them learn from their mistakes. Use these experiences to help them learn how to solve problems and adjust expectations. Focus on the positive, and highlight the joy of overcoming obstacles and accomplishing goals. Private recognition is one of the most powerful ways to motivate and inspire.
Community Engagement Adventure
The basic 'Adventure' is setting your goals. The SUPER ACHIEVER level is completing your goals!
Every month that you complete your goals, or make consistent progress towards them, you can come back to this Adventure and 'COMPLETE' the SUPER Achiever level, adding more points to your total and getting you even closer to winning some GREAT prizes!
Take a photo of your family writing down or drawing your goals, holding your goal sheets, or doing something to help you reach your goals.
by Goal Setting
The mission of My Discovery Destination! and the Family Discovery program is to STRENGTHEN FAMILIES and BUILD CHARACTER through providing opportunities for families to enjoy FREE family experiences so they can build strong bonds and CREATE and CAPTURE memories.
Check back often as we will post new Adventures every week
Not sure how the Discovery Family Program works?
Discovery Family Program How-To Visual
My Discovery Destination! Adventures
Sponsored by My Discovery Destination! and local businesses and organizations in your community
for the purpose of
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES and BUILDING CHARACTER.