Last week, I started sharing some BIG IDEAS. I am very grateful for all the feedback and excitement, so THANK YOU to everyone who is joining in and thinking about how to create happy, mindful homes!
So now we have thought about opportunities to inspire ourselves and connect with our children on a day to day basis (read that post here). You might have even adopted a few new techniques for doing so, such as finding and framing a quote that helps you feel gratitude for each day, whatever it brings. You might also have come up with a great activity that is quick, portable, and that you and your kids enjoy doing together when a bit of time becomes available unexpectedly.
I have embarked upon My 30 Day Challenge, and hopefully you are joining me in doing so! (read all the details in my post here) I’m planned, scheduled, and ready to deliver on taking one of my children out for a surprise one-on-one lunch together within 30 days of starting my challenge.
Today, I’ve got something REALLY EXCITING to share with you that will take us to the next level….
I’ve come to see 3 of my primary, long-term parenting goals as:
- maintaining a heart full of gratitude
- finding simple ways to connect with my kids regularly
- putting in place some time for one-on-one memories with my growing children.
To make all of these dreams a reality requires quite a balancing act between mindfulness during ordinary days governed by our family rhythms and routines on the one hand, and making an effort to add some little extras the other hand. This second element has become especially compelling to me now that my kids are in their preteen years and quickly approaching high school. Many of you have joined My 30 Day Challenge and committed to taking a first step toward making that one-on-one time happen.
Let’s look at what’s really possible here…
For just a moment, think of your future self looking back on your young family… say during the years when your children were in the range of 6 – 14 years old and busy accommodating school, social, sports, family, and recreational activities.
Now, imagine how it feels to have those unique, 1-on-1 memories added into the mix. [Read more...]