In an effort to strengthen our family bond and to end the day on a positive note (long summer days have started to wear on us a bit), I decided I would start a new exchange to be used at night after bedtime stories. I called it the "I like game". I explained to my 7 year old son and my 4 year old daughter that I would start by telling them something special I liked about them, and then they could tell me something they liked about me or about the day, and we could go back and forth as long as we wanted. I began with my son, and said, "I really love your sense of humor". He responded with, "I love your big heart and your beautiful soul".
Ok. Pass the tissues. Game over.