I think in life sometimes we just need to get down to the nitty gritty of parenting and childhood development. It makes life so much simpler to know the things that are most important to your family, because then you can see what makes sense to do within your days, weeks and months. Does your use of time match up with what you really think is important?
For example, if simplicity is important to you, but you are running your children somewhere every day, does that reflect your priorities?
If you think religion is important, or spiritual inner development is important to you, but you don’t spend any time in activities that reflect that, then does that reflect your priorities?
Too often we start out the school year very strong, and things sort of peter out by the end of the school year. What a perfect time of year this is to look and evaluate where your family is, and where you would like to be.
We enjoy having a Family Mission Statement. This is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it can be helpful in looking at priorities, and making sure everyone is on the same page. Here is a link to a back post on this: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/05/08/creating-a-family-mission-statement/ Our Family Mission Statement involves kindness, integrity, positive attitude, patience, and adventure. Yours will be different, but I think it is worthy project to undertake.
I would love to hear what you are revitalizing in your family life this time of year!