Wondering how to celebrate everyday life, and not just the big moments?
Create some new family traditions.
In this article I’ll share how you can start traditions, based on ‘The Book of New Family Traditions,’ by Meg Cox.
The book shows that traditions aren’t just about celebrating big occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving, but also about everyday life and the daily rituals that make life fun, meaningful, and rich!
Why Practice Family Traditions?
Family traditions are things that families do together. In a busy society where everyone is bombarded with all sorts of activities and distractions, traditions offer a sense of belonging and identity to every member of the family.
Children raised with family traditions—especially those who have watched their parents invent new ones—learn that they can respond to life in active, creative and extremely personal ways. They grow to be resilient, confident that they are loved, and knowing how to express love to others.
What do they do right, and how can you learn to make your family happier?
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” said the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy in his book Anna Karenina.
Was he right? Do all happy families have certain things in common?
In this article I’ll share four practices that can draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from more than 200 ideas found in The Secrets of Happy Families, by Bruce Feiler.
Why Is a Happy Family Important?
Over the last fifty years, families have changed drastically. We have blended families, adoptive families, divorced families, single-parent families, two-parent families, gay-parent families, family members with different faiths and some with none at all.
But no matter what kind of family you belong to, your family is key to your overall happiness and well-being.
In fact, studies prove that the number-one predictor of life satisfaction comes from spending time with people you care about and who care about you.
Do you lack enough time for the things that really matter, like spending quality time with your kids?
Having too much to do without enough time to prioritize can leave you feeling exhausted, stressed and anxious.
In this article I’ll share five ways to live a better, balanced, more focused life from the book, Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions, by Arthur Boers.
Why Look for Focus?
It may sound simplistic, but the secret to keeping your life balanced and sane is FOCUS!
Our lives–especially our lives with kids–are in constant fast-forward, and it’s not good for us. The problem is people often make choices that are inconsistent with the kind of lives they really want. They work long hours, have long commutes, spend too much time online, don’t get enough sleep, etc.
Are you wondering what you can do about it?
The answer: plenty! Sometimes all it takes is a good idea and a little nudge from Mom or Dad to get kids started on a project that holds their attention for hours. And I’ve found just the place to find those good ideas.
In this article, I’ll share 10 boredom-busters from the book, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen.
Boredom is part of growing up. Even kids with tons of books, toys and electronics feel sometimes like they have nothing to do. And that’s not always a bad thing. Getting bored once in a while promotes creativity, allowing kids’ minds to wander to interesting places.
The trouble with our society is that we, along with our kids, have become passive consumers. So when your 10-year-old son complains about being bored, you simply drive to Game Stop, pick up Super Mario Galaxy (nevermind that he has 20 other games!) and get on with your busy day.
Is it difficult to let go and let them learn things, the hard way?
Merriam-Webster defines adventure as “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.”
In this article, I’ll share five adventures that encourage parents like you and me to say “yes” and let our children learn by taking risks.
I gleaned them from Gever Tulley’s book, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).
Why Let Kids Do Dangerous Projects?
At what age would you feel comfortable letting your child use a sharp knife?
Before you answer that question, consider the risks of using a sharp knife; for example, small cuts and scratches or even deep wounds. Then start from age 2 and keep going up until you’re sure you could hand your child a sharp knife without having to say, “Be careful!”
If the thought of exposing your children to the slightest dangerous situation makes you shudder, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Most parents wouldn’t dream of putting their children in harm’s way, at least not on purpose!
Unfortunately we live in a dangerous world.
Would you like to live an incredibly adventurous life with your kids?
Are you willing to burst out of your rut to live it?
It’s not that complicated. Living a life of incredible adventure is something that anyone can do.
The problem is most of us overthink it. We spend too much time talking, planning and worrying about outcomes.
The key is to “just do it!” Just go after those things that inspire or even challenge you, and experience them with the people you love—like your kids.
In this article, I’ll share six tips I gleaned from Bob Goff’s book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, which inspires ordinary people like you and me not to just dream about doing things, but to step out in faith and start living life to the fullest.
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
The theme of this book is love. Not the kind of love that stops at fuzzy thoughts and feelings. But the kind that takes action and makes an impact. This kind of love is not safe. It’s risky and beautiful and makes you do stuff.
The reason why Goff can speak of love and living incredibly at the same time is his own faith. His understanding of how God loves people empowers him to live a life of full engagement, adventure and excitement.
Are you wondering how to get them outside to experience the wonders of nature?
If so, you’re not alone.
Children (and the rest of us) are enamored with our electronic gadgets. We have been sold a bill of goods about the value of having a digital life.
In this article I’ll reveal a dozen ideas I gleaned from Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, which champions a better way for kids to live—with nature.
In a 2010 study, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average young American (ages 8-18) spends practically every waking minute—except for time in school—using a smartphone, computer, television or other electronic device.
Sadly, the quality of life isn’t measured by how many Facebook friends we have, or how well our kids play Wii games or how many songs they have on their iPod. One way to measure is by what we have lost or traded.