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D MAINTENANCE TOOLBOX
Every home needs a roof, to protect the dwellers from harsh outside elements. The roof is always present; it doesn’t just appear in stormy weather. The roof (and other parts of the house) need regularly scheduled maintenance. We can use all types of tools for these maintenance checks.
In families, we use the Maintenance Toolbox and the many tools we’ve learned to maintain progress. The Maintenance Toolbox is represented by a roof; it is always there. This reminds us to have family councils regularly, not just when family storms are brewing, and to take care of ourselves. When we maintain our progress, both in the family and in our personal growth, our family becomes a safe haven when the storms of life try us.
IN THIS SECTION
The Maintenance Toolbox contains two chapters:
Chapter 14, “Family Council Toolset,” helps us maintain our family’s progress; it is the last toolset in The Parent’s Toolshop. While we have most of the tools we need to conduct family councils, there are certain tools and rules for using them that we still need to learn. There are also several ways that family councils can break down, so the tips we learn will help us get started on the right foot and prevent common problems.
Chapter 15, “Three C’s: Consistency, Criticism, and Confidence,” helps us maintain our personal progress. We learn how to maintain our consistency, handle criticism and unwanted or unhelpful advice, and to sustain our confidence. This last chapter gives us a final booster shot to sustain us through the coming years and months—when we have finished reading this book, but are still establishing new habits and growth.
WHEN TO USE THE MAINTENANCE TOOLBOX
We can use the Maintenance Toolbox anytime, to prevent or resolve problems that affect the family (Family Council Toolset) or to stay on track with our personal growth (Three C’s).
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