With the kickoff of summer officially underway I thought it would be fun to kick it off with a brand new series of posts to help families get a head start on the season with a new lease on life- and offer some tools to help them kick start it!
Of course I’m Also REALISTIC. And as I head into my almost 44th year on this glorious planet of ours I am learning that plans and goals are just that; they’re not set in stone; they’re ephemeral and simply fabricated to keep every single one of us from laying in bed all day binge watching Netflix (not that there’s ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT IN SMALL DOSES!) .
Therefore if you break them, life will undoubtedly continue and give you another shot at achieving them (unless say you’ve forked over a few grand for plane tickets and even though you’ve got the flu and 105 fever by G-d you will be getting on that plane and headed to Disney world because well, your kids will NEVER forgive you if you squash their plans to get up close and personal with Cinderella, and take a spin on Magic Mountain). I hope you’ll join me on my journey to help ourselves and our kids -live our best lives…
So wise parents.. for this first week of Summer we are tackling BEING PRESENT . Keep reading for my 3 tips to help you and your kids be present in the time you are together! And I hope you will join me on this journey to being a more present and happier person and parent this season
#1 UNPLUG. Before you break out in a cold sweat I say try to unplug in baby steps. Do it in 30 minute increments. Take 30 minutes away from all devices while you are with your child; eating, playing, or just being. It was a revelation to me how much my usually reserved 16 year old daughter had to say once I SHUT off my phone.
#2 Engage in an activity that will Actually hold your interest. If you are not a puzzle person, but you can rock a game of checkers like no one’s business convince your kid that the latter would be a better activity to pursue. If you are engaged and interested – then you will DEFINITELY remain in the present moment ( and not let your kid BEAT YOU!)
#3 Remind yourself that this time is precious and those dishes, emails, and texts can wait. But your kids, that window of opportunity to get to know them- and for them to really get to know you before they’re at an age and stage where you are no longer COOL to hang out with is FLEETING. So grab those precious moments and hold on tight.
What are some things you’ve done to stay present when you are with your kids?