5 Simple Ways to Invite More Rhythm to Your Days

5 Simple Ways to Invite Rhythm into Your Daily Life | SimpleKids.netReaders, I’m so happy to share this guest post with you today that was written by my friend Kathy Stowell.  I think you’ll love what she has to say about adding rhythm to your days. – Kara

Maybe it’s the half-Latina in me but, ay carumba, I love rhythm! But it wasn’t always this way.

I resisted rhythm at the beginning of my parenting journey because of my mom. A full-blooded Latina, she really pressed upon me the importance of a strong daily rhythm with a new-born babe in the house.

Unfortunately, at the time, she used the word ‘routine.’ Something about that word repelled me back then and I resisted. So I went about my happy, ‘no rhyme or reason’ ways. But, as it turns out, Mamisita was right. Embracing a strong rhythm to our family’s days offers a whole host of benefits.

Luckily, I noticed this in time for the welcoming of our second child four years later.

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It is okay to be a “NO” mom.

LucysnowMarch2013Take it from Lucy: don’t put anything in your ear but your elbow.

My apologies for being a little bit late with this week’s parenting mission and vlog. We had a mini health related adventure, which I explain in the video, that threw me off of my normal recording schedule. (It is always something, right?)

Anyway, a day late, but here is this week’s parenting video and reminder to myself that sometimes it is okay to be a NO mom. In fact, it might be vital to keeping things from getting too complicated around here.

So, pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of your favorite brew, and give yourself a time out for the next 7 minutes as I invite you to join me in this week’s parenting mission:

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Monday mission: parenting with a positive attitude {vlog}

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Hello!  It is Monday, which means it is time for another Monday Mission.

This week I’m talking with you about keeping a positive attitude and smiling, even during the mundane tasks of parenting and adulthood. 

It is easier said than done, for sure!  That’s why I’m making it my focus this week.

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Monday mission: connect with your kids on their level.

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At the end of 2013 I started giving myself Monday Missions – easy tasks to do and gentle reminders for the week ahead to help make things simpler for me and the kids. It turns out that what helps me also helps some of you, so I dusted off my YouTube channel and have begun to record some simple vlogs for you.

So, here we are, grab your morning cup of coffee and join me for five minutes of parenting inspiration as we begin our week:

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Monday mission: slow down {vlog}

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At the end of 2013 I started giving myself Monday Missions – easy tasks to do and gentle reminders for the week ahead to help make things simpler for me and the kids. It turns out that what helps me also helps some of you, or so I found out after I shared those missions here on the blog.

After giving it some thought and prayer, in 2014 I really wanted to continue those conversations with all of you every week, but face to face. So, I dusted off my YouTube channel and have begun to record some simple vlogs for you.  They aren’t fancy but if I wait for perfection this will never happen and it is really important to me that it does.

So, here we are, grab your morning cup of coffee and join me for five minutes of parenting inspiration as we begin our week.

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