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Mindful holidays takes little effort, no money and memories that last a life time. Look at our 5 simple ideas below. Just choose one or two to try this year and see what happens...
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“A goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupr
One: Be Grateful
Purchase journals for your family, or better yet make your own, together. You can use a 3-hole punch and string, or opt for a harder option: www.instructables.com/id/Bind-Your-Own-Journal/
Chose a specific day of the week that works for everyone, and have the whole family write one thing that they are grateful for. By next year, you will have a whole book full of appreciations ☺
Two: Spend more time than money with your family.
Plan: The best thing to spend on your children is time. Focus on the memories, not the material objects. Go on a hike, watch a sunset, wake up for the sunrise, go ice-skating, bake cookies. You can even combine gifts with experiences, and get baking sheets for a family bakeoff, or ice-skates so you can go ice-skating all the time!
Three: Play more board and card games as a family.
Plan: Buy games for holiday presents and choose one night a week or month for family game night. If you set a routine of Sundays after dinner even as children get older there is always time for at least a 10 minute game of gin rummy. You’ll be surprised at how much fun a quick game can be for the whole family, regardless of age.
Four: Think of others.
Plan: For every new toy or clothing item you receive, try to give away an old toy or clothing item, or do something in the community to help make the world a better place. Spread smiles and love.
Five: Sing and dance more
Plan: Let loose and have a dance party. Sing at the top of your lungs. Dress up in crazy holiday attire—have fun! Whether you play guitar or blast music or take out the camp songbook pick an hour a month to gather around a sing and dance together. Choose the holidays to implement this ritual, but try to do often (once you do it once you’ll understand why).
These five things can be so much more than just goals, they can become you. You have the power to be grateful even when you’ve had a rough week. You have the power to create activities your family will remember forever. You have the power to get the family together and bust out the old board games. You have the power to make someone smile every day. You have the power to sing and dance your way through life. So go for it, be yourself, and make the world smile ☺
Pam Worth MA, BCC is the founder of Tiny Treks (www.tinytreks.com), an innovative parent participation outdoor exploration program which has served thousands of families since 1997. Pam is also a
parent educator specializing in workshops on Healthy Lifestyles
for Families. Her uniquely effective parenting and teaching strategies were
developed through her 30 years of experience in early childhood, elementary and parent education along with teacher mentorship, and family coaching. Currently, Pam is a guest lecturer at parenting workshops throughout the country and is
recognized for pioneering outdoor education programing for early childhood. She also specializes in guiding families to reducing media interference, identifying creative boundaries and alternatives to media usage. Pam focuses on Mindful Parenting through creative ideas and tools.
her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love these ideas! And we already do a lot of them....try to make memories with your kids while they are at home because before you know it, they'll be gone. And the time you get to see them may be far and few for a while.
Posted by Elizabeth G on Jan 10, 4:46 a.m. |
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I like that tip, that we should spen more time than money with our family. We tried it and I think everything was really great. :) And I wish to play more board and card games as a family, but I think not everyone likes that, especially my dad - he always wants to watch TV so it doesn't work for us. I hope when our kids will be bigger, we will have this tradition with them. :)
Posted by Lily J on Jan 15, 12:01 a.m. |
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