Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is FROM A DISTANCE.
Are you wondering how I will connect this theme to an aspect of parenting?
Family dynamics are constantly in a state of change.
We shouldn’t expect everyone to get along all of the time.
Siblings do fight…and parents do disagree.
Hopefully, harmony prevails in your home most of the time.
If it doesn’t, perhaps you want to change that.
Do you feel like you are constantly yelling at your kids?
Are you dealing with a family issue that seems to be getting out of hand?
Sometimes it ‘s helpful to take a step back.
FROM A DISTANCE, we can view the situation from a different perspective.
When we are in the middle of the problem, it is hard to think clearly.
Here’s a thought:
- Take a time out…tell your child or significant other that you need a few minutes.
- Go for a walk…family walks are a wonderful bonding activity…but walking alone allows you to think without distractions.
- Consult a professional…an objective observer can guide the conversation or help with alternate responses.
To strengthen family bonds, why not plan activities that the family can do together.
We had an evening reading time when our children were small. Books are enjoyed by children of all ages and the older ones still love being read to. They also like to read to younger brothers and sisters.
Here’s a plan:
- Set aside some time after dinner for family reading.
- Children need to see their parents reading for pleasure.
- Choose a picture book and read it with your young child. If you have older kids, they can take turns being the reader.
If you need help picking great picture books: Show Me How!
Or visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book page.
Schools are opening all over the country and we’d like to give a free copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cookingto your favorite school or classroom. Nominate your child’s school or other childcare facility in the Show Me How School Initiative by leaving a comment and telling us why you’d like them to have this book. If you don’t have young children, but know people who do, please tell them about the free book their child’s school can receive!
Have you checked out the new book by children’s author Marty Banks? The Adventures of Tempest & Serenais a wonderful chapter book for readers ages 7 and up. I reviewed it the other day and want to remind you about the free download…Sunday is the last day for that!
Want more information about Jake’s Sunday Post?
- Sunday Post: Solid like a Rock (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Post: Close-Up: Simple Tips for First Day of School Anxiety (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Post: Black & White…or Do We Parent in Shades of Gray? (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)