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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Take a Slow Day

Perhaps you remember the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare from your childhood. The overconfident hare challenges the tortoise to a race, but with slow and steady perseverance, the tortoise surprises everyone and wins the race. Striving to be slow is not a message we hear often in the American culture. By contrast, whoever claims to be the busiest is the best!

Thomas Friedman picked up on this theme when he wrote his new book, Thank You For Being Late: An Optimists Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Families are busier today than ever before which is stressful for parents and for kids. Take the opportunity this New Year to take a “slow day” or night each week to decompress and simply enjoy each other.

·       Have a jammie night – everyone in their PJ’s by 7:00 p.m.

·       Turn off all electronics and read a chapter book together out loud

·       Make hot chocolate from scratch and sip it by candlelight

·       Play occasional hooky from meetings/sports/activities and make dinner at home instead

·       Take a yoga class together

Beverly Gillen

Monday, January 11, 2016

Family Bucket List

Happy 2016!  I love the feeling of a brand new year full of possibilities.

It’s easy for days to turn into months with our time being consumed by mundane tasks that demand our attention. Tax preparation, college FAFSA applications, household chores, and community meetings are all important activities but added together can completely consume our time together as a family.

This year, we are creating a family bucket list for 2016. It’s easy to do! As a group, brainstorm a list of activities you would like to do in the coming year. Decide on one activity for each month and put it on the family calendar to claim the date as sacred family time.

  • In brainstorming mode, all suggestions are OK – the point is to generate creative ideas

  • Simple is often better – an old fashioned game night with hot chocolate can be a lot of fun on a cold winter night

  • Strive for a variety of activities and venues - outside and inside, active and quiet, creative and sporty

  • Find your inner child and try something new!

Bev Gillen





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