This is our first year living in the South so my girls have already been out of school for several weeks – kind of crazy! I always think that once school is out that things will slow down. I guess after 15 plus years I should know better, that summer is just a different kind of busy.

But as we’re running from one friend’s house to the next or any of 10 other different directions, it’s the perfect time for this week’s parenting tip for happier & more grateful children – Appreciating An Ordinary Day.

So, this week’s tip is all about shaping our thoughts, focusing on the everyday moments that make up each day, and ultimately our lives. It’s about taking the time to notice and documenting some of them so we’ll remember as children grow and memories fade. As you pay attention to your ordinary day, feel grateful for all of the moments you’re taking the time to notice. I don’t have to tell you, because you’ll feel it, but doing this will make you happier too!

So, watch the video for all of the information and then follow the Super Simple Step-by-Step Directions Below!

Living more in the moment and knowing how important the moments are is something that most of us just don’t focus on because we’re busy running from one thing to the next.  It’s easy to forget to stop and focus on the present moment, to watch your children sleep, if only for a few seconds, to stop whatever we’re doing that we think is more important, and watch them play outside, swing on the swings, race around the yard, chase butterflies . . . .

The ‘little things’ aren’t little, for it’s the ‘little things’ that our lives are made up of – the everyday, ordinary moments, that all too often we take for granted.  They’re gone in an instant, so you have to continually remind yourself to notice them, to be present and aware, for as each passes, so does your life.

“The little things in life? The little moments? They aren’t little . . . . In the end, it is not the days or the years that we remember, but the moments.” – Kobi Yamada, the little things

Years from now you’ll be so glad you did this, and so will your children!

So, here is how to put this week’s tip for happier & more grateful children into action:

Step 1

Decide on a day this week to document your ordinary day / have your children pick a day this week that they will document their ordinary day

Step 2

Document your ordinary day and have your children document theirs. You can write about it or take pictures or even short videos. As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words” so if you can, try to take pictures throughout the day

Step 3

Put the pictures in a file on your computer or smart phone. Make a collage and use them as a screen saver. Print the pictures out and put them in an album or on poster board. You and your children decide how you each want to remember your ordinary day and use whatever you do to remind you to pay attention and notice the many ‘little’ things that make our lives!

Now it’s your turn. What three things about one of your Ordinary Days do you think you’ll look back on 10, 20, 30 years from now and appreciate the most, or miss the most? Let us know in the comments below!

For me I know it will be watching my children sleep, holding their little hands and taking long walks to nowhere (I’m already missing those moments), the car rides everywhere that now I find exhausting but I think I will look back on and really appreciate the time spent together.

Here’s the Video I promised you. You’ve probably seen it before, but it’s something we should watch over and over again to remind us how quickly time flies and the things that we too often take for granted may be the very things we miss the most.

“The Gift of an Ordinary Day” by Katrina Kenison

Such wise advice . . .

I just love this video and I look at it often to remind me not to wish the moments away, and to remember to be present for as many of them as possible!

If you want to Post Pictures of Your Ordinary Day Connect with us on Facebook with the #MyOrdinaryDay

Thanks so much for watching and here’s to all of us creating a better world, one child, and one family at a time, starting with our own. I’ll see you next time!

Cheri

 

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