It seems like with each passing day our family gets busier and busier. Every year, there are more activities our boys participate in, more school events and more responsibilities to eat up our time. With all that rushing around, we weren’t communicating as well as we could be and I knew it. So when I heard about Me in a Tree, an innovative new website that uses game-like applications to help increase positive family interaction, I was intrigued. I spend a fair bit of time online and Me in a Tree sounded like it might be just the thing to help our family work together as a team.
The sign-up is quick, easy and free and once I had registered for the site, the fun started! First I entered information about my family members and created fun avatars for each of us. Then I started setting up some positive family events using the site’s various applications.
First I chose a time and place for our Family Huddle, an online meeting that helped us to interact as a family, share accomplishments, discuss problems and have fun. I really liked the game-like setup of the Family Huddle, which let family members talk about their feelings without feeling insecure. And I loved the fact that meetings ended with a challenge for the week! With great challenges like turning off the TV for a week and having a family games night, they really were challenging! But they were a great way of ensuring that we spent more time together during the week too!
The Pledge Stone was the next feature I tested and it was such a fun way of sharing accomplishments, goals and things we found special about our family with one another between the weekly Family Huddles. Because play is as important as work, the website also has a To Do app that searched our area to find fun local activities for Date Nights, Family Activities or Volunteering. Because the site is still in Beta phase activities are just being added, but I can’t wait until I can learn about fun things to do in our area with just a click of a button!
The Family Assessment was a bit of a challenge; I had to remind myself to be honest and not glamorize our family when I filled it out. The assessment was a fun and easy quiz and graded our family based on seven different areas: Family Union, Organization, Responsibility, Health and Wellness, Behaviour, Communication and Money Matters. I learned that our family had strong skills with organizing and money management but that we needed to work on communication skills.
There are lots of other fun apps planned for the future too and the game style of the website is appealing for both kids and adults! But I have to admit, what I loved most about Me in a Tree was the sections of the site with parenting information and advice forums. Whether I wanted to ask a question about how to deal with Benjamin’s screaming tantrums or I was looking for the latest information about children’s sleep needs, I could find the answers I needed by either visiting the Parent Talk forum, reading articles by family specialists on the Me in a Tree blog or anonymously requesting advice from an expert using the Ask Eva section. And I really appreciate the handy Me in a Tree Calendar that lets me schedule and track all my family’s various activities and appointments!
Me in a Tree has already contributed to some positive changes in our family. The Family Huddle was such an effective tool for improving communication in our family that we’ve now taken it even further by having a big family meeting each week involving a Family Huddle, a review of our house rules, rewards to those that have accomplished set goals that week and a great family board game to finish off the fun!
Me in a Tree knows that nothing is better for family interaction than a treat for a job well done, so the company is offering one lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader a $25 Tim Horton’s gift card to help them enjoy some bonding time with their family! To enter to win, just check out the Me In a Tree website and leave a comment about something you liked or something you learned there! Whether you’re looking for a place to keep track of your child’s busy schedule or you need an easy way to share more with your family, Me in a Tree has the tools you need. And the fun, kid-appealing site is fun for kids to visit too! Check it out for yourself and see what great tools you can find to make your family stronger and happier!