I was working on a post today in honor of those lost last Friday. It was taking me a long time and our house is chaotic at the moment (five kids, who’d guess there would be chaos?). I realized how backwards that was, so I am putting off that post and I am going to go spend time with my children.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to pick any three to do today:
- Do something magical with your children (there are over a hundred previous lists tagged “ways to make the day magical” if you need inspiration).
- Donate to a children’s charity in honor of those who were lost.
- Do something really nice for yourself.
- Do a random act of kindness with your kids.
- Make a wonderful, happy mess with your kids and then put on wacky clothes and happy music to clean it up together.
- Count your blessings.
- Snuggle your kids and let them know how much you love them.
My thoughts are with all those who are grieving today.
I am not much of a resolution kind of person, but I do love a good list of goals. Here’s my things to keep on working on for the new year…
- Laugh more.
- Smile more.
- Make lots of green smoothies.
- Read aloud every day.
- Hug my sweeties (big and little).
- Say yes to scary (good) opportunities.
- Spend more time in the sun with the kids, even when it’s 5 degrees out.
- Explore new places.
- Pretend to be good at housework.
I’m not sure what number 10 will be. There’s a whole lot of year to fill it in with the perfect goal!
What’s on your list? Make it fun!
Happy New Year!
Do 10 silly things with your kids.
Extra credit if you post some of them here.
Yes, assignments! Bet you didn’t know there would be homework when you wandered in!
Please do at least one of the following:
- Get down on the floor to play.
- Build something, paint something or otherwise create something.
- Give your child at least 10 hugs and/or kisses.
- Do something nice for somebody else’s child.
- Do something nice for you.
- Laugh like a fool.
- Frame some of your child’s art and display it where it will make you smile.
- Just sit and talk with your child.
- Make silly faces at your kids and then play innocent when they look.
- Leave a comment with an assignment of your own.
Extra credit if you do more than one! Do not do all ten. No perfectionism allowed.
…is to grab your camera and take pictures of your kiddos until you get at least one that makes you smile every time you look at it.
I’ve noticed that there are some things I just don’t want to do, but once I do them anyway I feel fabulous.
1. Get out into the sunshine or around people when I just want to stay home.
3. Go to sleep early. (I am really bad at this one!)
Originally, there was a fourth but I’ve completely forgotten it! Perhaps it’s because I’ve already stayed up too late.
In any case, I’m resolving to do more of all three for the next week. They’re good for my soul (and body too!).
What about you? What do you put off that ends up making you feel good? Want to join me?
I am inspired by this report (in PDF form) about a nature-based Montessori preschool in Seattle that takes its children on a daily walk every day, rain or shine, for much of the day.
Here in Minnesota, we get some pretty brutal weather. That said, when I venture out with my crew we always return in such good spirits! We see beautiful sights, get some exercise, talk, laugh, play and just enjoy the outdoors. This time of year, we warm up with hot vanilla milk or hot chocolate when we get home — and sometimes hot baths as well.
It can be a pain to gather coats, boots, socks, mittens, hats and so on. On too many days, it sounds overwhelming and we play inside instead. But now I’m once again determined to try to take daily walks with my kiddos.
But not all day. We’re not crazy.
- Playing with kittens
- Reading books
- Crafty fun
- Looking at old pictures
- Long talks
- Cooking with kids
- Drawing and coloring with kids
- Time on the computer
- Being too busy to play