So each year my daughter and wife will go skiing with the in-laws, leaving me and the triplet boys to our devices (or devastation). In 2014, I began to take them on a boys weekend in order to instill the Barry Family Code.
I have discovered that our community has done a terrible job of values-based parenting. Most parents are reactive, and parenting from the hip. We have moved from a culture of “can I?” (external restraints) to “should I?” (internal values). It is no longer “can I afford a video game system, but should I?” For our boys it will no longer be “can I get access to a playboy magazine, but should I access the plethora of pornography on the internet.”
Therefore, I have started to build in values based parenting to our boys.
To be a Barry means that you have Integrity, Perseverance and Confident Humility.
As a result, we have started our annual trips to build on these themes, and this past month we tackled Perseverance.
Curious what our weekend looked like?
- Turkish Getup
- Stair Runs
- Decline Pushups
- Squat Jumps
- Jump Lunges
- Russian Twists
- Diamond Pushups
- Broad Jumps
- Manmaker Pushups
- Handrelease Burpees
1-on-1 with Jack
Double Decker game of War
1-on-1 with James
- John 4:14—”Whoever drinks the water I gave him will never thirst.”
EPIC Scavenger Hunt Game: Smores
- Clue 1: Where dirty boys get clean
- Clue 2: Watch Your Step
- Clue 3: Where you sleep with your head up high and your brother below
- Clue 4: How the Dude and Papa tell time
1-on-1 with Thomas
Movie Time: StarWars
- 1 Pushup & 2 Air presses up to 10/20
- 11s Dips and Squats
- 10 Fire to Fire Laps
- Jack: Helpful
- James: Sportmanship
- Thomas: Respect
Perseverance Experienced: Rainbow Falls Hike