Our 31 days to the inner rhythm of the heart, the root foundation of a house of peace, is in progress. In the vein of those who are setting a New Year’s intention with “one word”, I offer the word of today to you: joy. Read on for more…
Mothers with one child tell me that often how their family life “feels” revolves around the moods of their only child; it has such a big impact on the family. Mothers with multiple children often find it difficult and feel stressed to see their multiple children going through developmental phases and stages that they feel puts the entire family into disequilibrium. In either situation, it seems as if the sheer joy of parenting is lost and the focus is on the negative.
Finding the joy can often be as simple as shaking up the everyday routine. It may involve ditching the regular plans and going out to play in the snow, heading out for a hike, or doing something together that really builds up the connection and love between everyone.
This is not to “ignore” behaviors you find challenging within your family, but is to give you a chance to hit a “reset” button. Sometimes we all, even as parents, need this second chance to bring the stress and negativity in the home down and to remember why we love being together. Connection is always a key, and so is to find that joy in being together.
There is also something wonderful about having the ability to “change” the patterns that are developing within your own family – to really harness that and capture it and take it under control. What patterns can you identify in your family and how can finding joy together help reset those patterns into something healthier for the entire family?
Blessings and joy,