Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to do something special with your family this week.
Level of Commitment: Baby Steps
Special family time doesn’t have to be anything special, just being together and getting silly suffices! What a way to "get moving" with the kids!
After a couple of heavy research and controversy posts last week, on ingredients in Charlie’s soap and Catholics and yoga, I’m a bit weary. I just want to sit and cuddle my kids, spend time with my husband, and enjoy the simple things in life that always bring joy and need no discernment or research.
I’m lucky enough that next week is spring break, and we’re going away, so I’ve got a built in opportunity for in-depth family time. However, I also promised God for Lent that I’d spend 10 minutes a day with each child as "special time" – that means no phone calls, folding laundry, grabbing something, cleaning up, computer, etc. Ten minutes isn’t very long, but it’s amazing how difficult it is to give both children their time every single day.
We’re nearly midway through Lent (right? aren’t we?) which is a good time to re-evaluate your commitments and recommit. If you’re not practicing Lent, any time is a good time to do something special with your family.
As I’ve been realizing following the comments at this post, family means many different things depending on your state in life.
- If you’re single, see if you can take some time talking on the phone with your mom or dad, brother or sister, or find someone you love and trust at church or work and make a special outing date with them. Your family can be your family of origin or the community around you, especially if you’re part of a church family.
- If you’re married, you might need to decide if your spouse or your parents/siblings need a little special time this week. Go for a walk with your spouse or write a special "I love you and appreciate you" letter to your parents – we’re never too old for that!
- If you’re a parent, I’m willing to wager that you feel like you never spend enough time with your kids or quality time as a family. Play outside, hit up a zoo or children’s museum, learn a new card game, or attend Stations of the Cross as a family to enter into the community of the Body of Christ at the same time.
My husband and son had some special Daddy/Son time yesterday – my almost-six-year-old is determined to run a kids’ run at an upcoming 5K in our town, and he trained with Dad for the first time yesterday. I’m so proud to tell the world that he ran 1/2 mile without stopping and 3/4 mile total, then biked 3 more miles while Dad finished his run! I’m so amazed at his dedication.
My style of spending time with the kids: a science experiment that encourages critical thinking.
Whatever you can do, keep your family emotionally healthy with just as much effort as you put into your healthy eating endeavors (maybe more!). It’s good to just be together, thanking God for the gifts of each other.
My God bless your week and your families!
What have you done or can you do this week to make quality family time a priority?
On the healthy eating note, Tsh at Simple Mom has an awesome series running called Project: Simplify, and this week’s hot spot for organizing is the kitchen/pantry. The accompanying giveaway includes some eBooks you might recognize!
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