Families have seasons where life is very busy and seasons where life slows down. My family is no different. I know that in my own family, sometimes our rhythms flow smoothly, effortlessly … sometimes we have to work at them and give them a lot of attention to hold them into place.
More than one family has found their fine-tuned routine shaken up by a toddler who suddenly gives up afternoon nap time, by after-school piano lessons, or when their child joins a sports team.
Illness. Moving. A new job. A new baby. A death in the family. Starting school.
I think the best resource parents have, especially when navigating the changes of childhood and family life, is other parents. I’m so thankful for the people I have in my life who I can share and talk with about raising kids. I talk to other parents and learn what works (or doesn’t work) for them and then do my best to apply what I learn to my family.
So, Let’s Talk
I’ve been talking a lot this month about rhythm and routines, and now I’d like to hear what you have to say.
- Have you been making any 15 minute changes in your days?
- Do you find that your kids are aware of and anticipate your routines?
- How do you adjust when you are in a busy season of life? In times of crisis?
- What tips would you give to another parent looking for more rhythm and consistency in their family life?
What works for you?
The comments are open for discussion.