When my oldest turned 9 and we began to struggle to get along, I thought back to when I was her age and tried to remember what I felt then. And then I began to consciously tell her my stories.
I’m trying to stop assigning chores at the first sign of a break. I’m trying to stop myself from correcting my kids if they aren’t doing anything terribly wrong. I’m trying to let them just do their thang.
I never thought hugs would decrease as my kids get older, but it’s alarming to me how it just naturally happened. Making a conscious effort to include more snuggles and hugs in each day means I have to be aware of what I’m doing—or not doing.
I wanted to relieve the holiday pressure while also creating meaningful memories for our kids. I’d heard of people doing experiences for Christmas but worried that our children would feel let down with fewer presents to open. We decided to try nonetheless and called them Family Fun Days.