The reason I am blogging each day during July is because Lesa Townsend (www.conversation2sales.com) presented a 31 Day Challenge and invited folks to blog daily for 31 days. She sends a wonderful newsletter daily, with tips for Bloggers. I’ve found it very helpful, and yet I have much to learn about the social media side of writing a blog.
Two years ago I started my blog, but had not done much with it. So, I felt this 31 day challenge was a great opportunity. I must say that last week I found the word “challenge” very appropriate. I had family visiting from out of town part of the week plus I worked four-ten hour days. SO writing the blog and posting it daily and then tweeting about it was a challenge! At one point I thought, I just can’t continue this. And yet I knew I wanted to see it through.
But I was committed to doing the blog so continued. When we stick to that which we are committed, things do work out. But, for me the most important part of the process is finding a pattern or ‘way’ of doing whatever it is, that makes the experience flow.
BLOGGING: In regards to the writing of my blog daily, I discovered that if I started my blog the night before, completed it the next morning and sent it to my editor before noon for his input and corrections, the process worked well. Then at night I’d review his edits and post it. This schedule made a huge difference in the flow of getting each day's blog out. The process was predictable and had a good result.
PARENTING: The same is true with parenting. When you find a particular way to make various aspects of life with your children work and the days flow peacefully and effortlessly, it makes life so much easier. Just a small change in your approach can make a huge difference!
Thus the commonality between blogging and
parenting is finding the way that leads to this smooth flow!
Monday mornings was one of my secrets to a peaceful week. Below is a story about my life with my children and how we found our routine on Monday mornings to bring a peace and calm to the week!
STORY: PEACEFUL MONDAY MORNINGS:
When my children were small, many times on Monday morning, after a busy weekend of coming and going, they just wanted to be home and to do what they wanted to do, without interruption! And, I just loved freshening up the house on Monday, wiping out the refrigerator and watering the plants.
Over time, an easy-going Monday morning became common-place. My children came to knew they were able to hang out in their pajamas and just play and play all day. During these times, I would work around the house and was able to get much done and at the same time, enjoyed observing them and their JOY.
Sometimes, I’d actually sit on the couch and just watch them. I didn’t enter their world unless they approached me. Then I’d happily respond to their question or need but with as few words as possible so I wouldn’t interrupt their thought process.
This time gave the children an opportunity to totally be in charge of what they did. They knew the house guidelines, so over stepping the boundaries and doing forbidden activities was not usually a problem.
For older children, in school, perhaps a Saturday or Sunday morning might be the “free-time” where no plans are made and children have time just ‘to be’.
RAISING PEACEFUL CHILDREN IN ACTION:
I invite you to step back and observe your life. Is there something you do that adds much peace to your day/ week? Is there an area that you’d like to make more peaceful?
Following are some tricks that I’ve come to use over and over with my children and in my classroom and the little ones in my life I get to play “grandma” with.
• A box of books in the trunk of the car that I rotate weekly
• Creating a bedroom/family room with “centers” in it for creating play (example: book boxes, table/chair and art supplies nearby, snacks easy to reach)
• Putting on relaxing music after a busy day
• Outside play areas for riding bikes, scooters, etc.
• Outside areas for digging and water play.
• Educational videos (www.Koko.org is one of my favorites!)
• Books of poems for enjoying
I hope that you find some new simple and easy ways to bring added JOY and PEACE to your parenting and/or teaching.