Everyday Connections - 7 day plan

This month we encourage you to celebrate and recognize everyday connections with your family, past and present. These 21 days worth of connection activities are designed to be doable with low to no preparation on your part. Each day has an activity that will help you strengthen your connections with your family members. 

Be sure to take the pre experiment survey before you start and come back and complete the post experiment survey when you are done.

Day 1

KICKOFF YOUR CONNECTIONS

“Find your why and you’ll find your way,” John C. Maxwell



Welcome to Day 1! Take a moment to think about why you want to participate in the experiment this month. Do you want to strengthen relationships with living family members? Whatever your reason, write it down and put it somewhere you can see daily. Next, choose a way to track your connections! Doesn’t it feel good to check a task off at the end of the day? Here are a few ways you may want to track your connections this month. 

  • Create a paper chain. 
  • Use the 1-second a day app to record your everyday moments! 
  • Color in or check off a bucket list for the month.

Day 2

EAT DINNER TOGETHER

“It’s not the meal itself, but the together time that counts,” Bruce Feiler 

Eat dinner with a loved one and make a connection! This can be done in person or virtually.  How do you make a connection at meal time? Try one of these fun activities: 

  • Have each person say one thing they love about a person at the table. 

Day 3

THIS DAY IN HISTORY*

Check out what is happening today or this month in your family’s history – recent or in the past. 

  • See if any ancestors are celebrating birthdays or anniversaries this month. You can do this through Family Search Use our make my meme templates to share their special day with your family on social media. 
  • Check out your Facebook Memories/Instagram Memories and reshare them.  
  • Start a line a day journal. If you already have one, look back on what you wrote in years prior. 

 

 

*Requires a free account with FamilySearch

Day 4

EXPLORE FAMILY FOUNDATIONS

Does your family have a motto or a mission statement? If not, come up with a short statement together to say throughout the month. These tips from Amy of The Organized Mom can help you get started! Already have a motto? Try these instead:



Day 5

ENJOYING MUSIC & STORIES *

What family stories and music speak to you? Take advantage of the winding down time at the end of the day to share or enjoy your favorites. Here are some ideas:  

  • Tell family stories at bedtime. If you no longer have children at home, share stories via Marco Polo or send a recording to your grandchildren, nieces/nephews, family members.  
  • Sing songs with special meaning. What songs did your parents sing to you at bedtime? What songs were popular when you were a child that may make a good lullabye. Similarly, you can record songs or send them via Marco Polo.
  • No children? Read stories on the Family Search app or listen to music that brings back good memories. 
  • Make a family play list with extended family. What songs have special meaning in your family? 

 

 

* Requires a free account with FamilySearch

Day 6

INTENTIONALLY CONNECT

Make time today to connect 1 on 1 with someone you love.  Be intentional about spending time and directing attention to a friend or family member who needs it this month. 

  • Got children? During the month, choose a night to let each child stay up 15 minutes later than the others for 1 on 1 time with their parent (s). Let them choose an activity to do together – look through photos, play a card game, etc.  
  • Plan a date night with your spouse. 
  • Take a loved one to lunch. Do it on zoom if you have to! 



Day 7

HANG A PHOTO *

Create a conversational area in your house by putting up or setting out photos of ancestors. This could be as simple as printing a photo from Family Search and taping it to your bathroom mirror! Whether it is a gallery wall or a single photo on the nightstand, choose photos of ancestors you and your family want to learn more about. You may even want to include their names on the photos.  

 

 

* Requires a free account with FamilySearch

Did you enjoy these 7 days? Continue and experience the full 21 day plan here.

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That's A Wrap!

We've concluded our experiment!

Thank you for participating! We've loved connecting with you!

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Make My Where Am I From Meme

Celebrate your heritage by making a pie chart showing where your family is from.  You can use the results of DNA testing or FamilySearch’s Where Am I From activity.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Enter Your Information

You can enter information for up to 8 countries.  If you have less than that, that’s okay too.  Just enter what you have.

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

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Make My Relative Meme

Check our relativefinder.org and see if you’re related to any famous people.  If you join our group (Connections-Experiment) you might some cousins among our other participants.  Grab a picture of you and your relative and you can make a meme to celebrate the relationship.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Choose a background for your meme

Step 2: Tell us about your relative

Step 3: Upload a photo of your relative

Step 3: Upload a photo of yourself

Don’t love your meme?  You can make any changes you want and then click Create Meme again to see your new meme.  Once it’s perfect, you can download and share.

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

 

Make My Celebrate An Ancestor Meme

Visit this FamilySearch page to see important dates in the lives our your ancestors.  Make a note of the person’s name, a birthday or anniversary and their relationship to you.  Then make a meme to celebrate the special day.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Choose your template

Step 2: Tell Us About the Ancestor You're Celebrating







Step 3: Upload your photo

Don’t love your meme?  You can make any changes you want and then click Create Meme again to see your new meme.  Once it’s perfect, you can download and share.

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

Make My Chinese New Year Meme

In honor of the Chinese New Year, find out which animal is associated with the year you were born in.  We’ll create a meme for you with the animal and some characteristics associated with that animal.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Tell us the year you were born

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

Make My Heirloom Story Meme

Do you have a cherished heirloom?  You can create a meme to celebrate the item and the story behind it.  You just need a picture and then you can follow our easy steps.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Choose the background for your meme

Step 2: Tell us about your heirloom item




Step 3: Upload your photo

Don’t love your meme?  You can make any changes you want and then click Create Meme again to see your new meme.  Once it’s perfect, you can download and share.

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

Make My Down Memory Lane Meme

Take a walk down memory lane by creating a meme from a photo of your childhood home.  You could also commemorate other locations that are special to you.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Pick Your Background

Step 2: Upload a photo of the house where you grew up

Step 3: Enter a phrase to describe your house

It can be as simple as, “My Childhood Home” or you can include dates or any other description you would like.

Don’t love your meme?  You can make any changes you want and then click Create Meme again to see your new meme.  Once it’s perfect, you can download and share.

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

Make My Couples Meme

Create your own shareable graphic to celebrate the milestones in your relationship with your significant other.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Choose your template

Step 2: Tell us a few details about your relationship with your significant other











Step 3: Upload a photo of the two of you

Don’t love your meme?  You can make any changes you want and then click Create Meme again to see your new meme.  Once it’s perfect, you can download and share.

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

Make My Remember When Meme

Recreate an old photo and then create your own meme to show it off. 

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Pick Your Background

Step 2: Upload your photos and tell us what year they are from






Step 3: Choose a phrase for your meme

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #21dayexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

Make My Heirloom Meme

Do you have an item that has special family meaning?  Creating a meme to celebrate it is easy.  Just take a picture and follow these steps.

**Please remember this is a family friendly project and we request that all content produced using this tool be appropriate for all audiences.

Step 1: Tell us about your heirloom item

Step 2: Upload Photo

Don’t love your meme?  You can make any changes you want and then click Create Meme again to see your new meme.  Once it’s perfect, you can download and share.

We’d love to see your creations so please share on social media and tag us using #connectionsexperiment.

**21 Day Family Connections Experiment is not responsible or liable for any content that is produced using this tool.

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