Are you having a hard time connecting with your kids? In this post, I’ll share why using your strengths may be the most natural place to connect.
If you’re half considering joining the, “let’s up and go” game because you’ve been trapped at home for the past 4 months :/, here’s a few things that helped minimize the crazy on our spontaneous road trip with kids.
I think about people on the front lines and parents both working full-time jobs on top of this homeschooling saga and feel guilty even bringing my hard to the table. But you guys, this is hard for everyone. And everyone else’s hard doesn’t make yours any less hard.
What was your favorite thing about me today, mommy?
This has become our new routine, one she won’t let me forget. Every night, as I tuck her in, I tell her. Every night, she asks.
What if we met people where they’re at rather than where we want them to be?
What if we used this time of being home with our family, this time of putting schedules and pickups and activities on hold, to really learn each other better?
How much more purposeful would life be if we silenced the distractions getting in the way of what matters most?
What if we celebrated each drawer we organized, closet we rearranged, and tote we took to Goodwill? I don’t expect my toddlers to learn to tie their shoes the first time they try. Why don’t I approach my goals with the same forgiving standards?
After we put our kids to bed, we used to watch House Hunters while mindlessly scrolling our phones. And it drove me crazy.
Saying, “No” usually frees up the family for a greater, “Yes” – family board game nights, time to host friends, kids actually enjoying their presents, etc. – you’ll never regret.
I’m proud I didn’t wait until my hair was longer or facial nerves more recovered. I’m proud because when I show our girls pictures from our wedding day, I remind them that you don’t have to wait until you’re perfect to show up.