Parenting is: Creating time for your family
As the last weeks of 2015 play out, we are reminded of our theme:
This year, we’ve spent time recognizing and shifting excuses, taking responsibility for our own behaviour and our parenting. In doing this, we’ve modeled for our kids so that they can move out of the world of excuses and step up to take age-appropriate responsibility for their actions, their words, and their jobs within the family and the community.
Sounds pretty good…and it is. And, thankfully, life continues and there are more learning opportunities ahead.
At Parenting Power, we’re taking some time for ourselves and our families over the next weeks.
Our offices will be closed from Dec 18 – January 4. These emails will resume on January 7, 2016.
This is really important to the two of us. It always has been. When we started our company, almost 14 years ago, we committed to being moms first and business people second. With kids and husbands home, we’ll create the family time that fits us.
The way the Smiths and the Bells spend our time will of course highlight what is important to each family and will look quite different. That’s the key – being intentional about what makes sense for your family and creating opportunities for these things to take place.
We encourage this for your family as well. Discover what’s important – do you want quiet times – reverence, peace, rest? Do you want family activities – skiing, walking, puzzles, board games, singing, baking, reading, movies? Take the time to get clear on what this time means for you and your family members and then create it.
W.H. Murray once said,
Until one is committed there is hesitance, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred… I have learned deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
So what really matters to you? How will you exhibit boldness?
If you know that you don’t want your kids in front of screens 24/7 this holiday, commit to it. While screen time may feel like downtime for the body, it isn’t for the brain. Screens are hyper-stimulating to the brain. Decide how much time makes sense and commit to holding your kids accountable…and having them hold themselves accountable.
The same goes for reading with kids – if you know in your heart that you want to see your kids reading, create the opportunity and commit. We’ve had many parents ask us about good books to fit their kids. It’s helpful to search categories on Goodreads.com .One can also find great suggestions on the Calgary Public Library website – and the librarians are very helpful in person as well!
Whatever your pleasure, we encourage you to own it…create what you want for at least a portion of the last days of 2015. Grab hold, or let go! Do what feels right for you and your family.
Thank you for reading and sharing and coming along for the ride this past year. We feel excited about our commitments for 2016 and look forward to sharing them with you in the New Year!