How has everyone’s September gone? Peaceablilty is such an important value. I’m sad to report that I have been a total slacker this month as far as stopping to take the time to instigate too much “officially”. I had a little one back in June and he’s kept me pretty busy!
We did at least start the month off right by having a little family meeting about Peaceability. We talked about the “Repenting Spot” and the “Calm Couch” that Linda Eyre suggested in her introductory article this month. That has been really fun and beneficial. I think it’s so important for kids to be able to make amends with one another and keep their ties close with one another. I am excited to see how these things evolve over the years.
This value, for most of the month, made me realize how important my role is in this particular value. The mood I’m in totally sets the tone of the home and family. I’ve noticed that the moments I have more patience and understanding and tolerance with others, so does everyone else – and vice versa. When I’m a peacemaker, everyone seems to follow my lead. Having a new (and sometimes colicky) baby around can sure make it a challenge to set a peaceful tone in the home, and I was so grateful to have this value hanging on a poster on my wall throughout the month reminding me and helping me be more peaceful. A mother’s example is a pretty powerful tool.
One thing we did try to do throughout the month was to play more peaceful music in our home. I am a firm believer in the power of music and how it can make us feel. It was really amazing to see not only my preschoolers, but also my tiny little baby respond to this small change in our home. You’ve got one more day…try it out! I promise you will be glad you did.
Check back in a couple days….after a few months off I’m chock full of ideas for next month! Have a peaceful last day of September!