Happy New Year Clarified Chaos blog readers/followers/supporters! We are kicking off our 2018 posts with a quote to gently guide us into the new year with the beautiful reminder that no matter where we currently find ourselves or our lives (or even our blogs :)) , we have the opportunity to choose to make a step in the direction of where we want to see things going.
For a printable version of this quote, please click here: Weds Quote- 20
Today’s Well-Being Wednesday quote from Ann Landers provides an important reminder about what our kids need from us to learn to be successful themselves. If it inspires you to look for new ideas to help you foster independence and responsibility in your children, here is a link to one we shared last week on our blog: Calendars for Kids. Have a great day!For a printable version of this quote, please click here: Weds Quote- 19
It felt like time to come back and share one of our favorite quotes. It is the one that we so often find ourselves turning to when we have that overwhelming feeling that too much is being asked of us by ourselves, by others or by our chaotic lives. It provides that necessary reminder that what is needed from us each day is pretty simple. So enjoy and remember that every day is a new day to show up and try again.
For a printable version of this quote, please click here: Weds Quote – 16
One of the best ways I have found to clarify our family chaos is to remember to consistently carve out moments for meaningful family conversation. Even in the craziest and busiest of weeks, we can find 10 – 15 minutes, usually while sitting down for a meal, to unplug, share our thoughts and feelings, and focus our undivided attention on each other. Spending this quality time in relaxed conversation with my family is so important. This is because it provides an excellent forum for teaching ethics and values and by listening and talking with my children I am cultivating trust and keeping the the lines of communication open. This is done with the hope that if a problem arises for any of them in the future they choose to bring it to me instead of taking it to someone else.
The intention for our Slow Down and Share Sunday postings is that we provide you with an inspiration you can have ready to use to spark meaningful dialogue during your own carved out moments of family conversation. We have enjoyed using quotes and/or short stories in our home as a way to start discussions. Every Sunday we will provide one of these for you and we will also suggest possible talking points you could utilize to get conversation progressing in an engaging yet relaxed way. Our first quote we chose to share is pictured below. For a printable version, please click here: SundayQuote1.
Possible pathways of discussion for this quote:
- Ask your child/children if they know what it means to learn or ask what learning means to them. Explain what it is to you.
- Talk to them about their brain and how it is like their very own library or computer that they can fill up with all kinds of info.
- Discuss different ways learning can take place. Inquire about their favorite ways to gather new information.
- Ask them what types of things they like learning about the most and what new things they would like to learn more about. Share with them what you enjoy learning or what new things you would like to learn more about.
- Brainstorm ways you can have new learning experiences as individuals and as a family.
- Plan a few new learning opportunities with them and let them see you add them to your calendar. Reinforce that you support their interest in learning.
- Plan a new learning opportunity for yourself and discuss with them that while you enjoy supporting their learning it also is important that you make time to learn new things as well.
- Some simple learning opportunity ideas could be a library outing to research books on a topic they want to know more about, looking up a new recipe they want to try to cook on the web, going on a hike to a new destination, trying a new restaurant, participating in new athletic or artistic activity…the possibilities are endless!
Each Wednesday we will be providing you a quote or affirmation. Our hope is that it provides you some mid-week inspiration for the well being of your mind and soul. Click here: Weds Quote to view the image below as a document to print. Stay tuned as Saturday we will be posting a DIY clipboard craft which can be used as a place to display these printed quotes and affirmations. Happy Wednesday!