This year I want MORE:
To soak more deeply into the moment
To breathe more
To make more space for connection
To see more clearly
To feel more centered
To have more patience
To trust more in myself
To forgive more
To laugh more
To love more, those who are fleetingly here in my life.
And to do all that, I must let go of more.
I have to let go of the expectation that I will get it all done.
As a work at home mom it feels like if I’m doing one thing well, I’m dropping the ball with another. There is always something more to do. And no matter how much less I do, there will always be these competing needs.
I feel the need to take care of my family, my home and my work and I have a hard time letting go of any of it…it can feel like failure to pay someone else to help, to drop a project or ask for help when I’ve already made a mess of things. And yet if I want to truly enjoy my kids, that’s what needs to happen.
Here’s to 2015 being a year of having the courage to do more by doing less, and through doing less I hope we will find ourselves MORE satisfied, present and alive.
Alissa’s Best of 2014 – What MORE do you want for your family?
To have more fun this year and feel more connected than ever before, I need to continually choose to do less and over the course of the year, much of my writing has reflected that simplicity.
This past year I spent lots of time learning to let go of doing too many things at once. (Maybe it’s lesson I’ll be learning the rest of my life.)
I think a lot about what the most important keys of enjoying my kids are for me – and one of them is the need to recognize that there will always be more in front of me than I can possibly do – more ways to improve myself, more ideas for play, more interesting activities and enriching experiences that I can ever possibly manage
These were the top 10 CWK posts of 2014 and they can make 2015 a more joyful and connected new year for you.
More Joy in Parenting?
64 Positive Things to Say to Kids
What do you say out of habit that will stay with your kids long after you’re gone?
Banish the SHOULD MAMA
You know what will ruin my kids? If I let what I do well get lost in the guilt of what I don’t do my kids will miss out on ME.
20 Little Things You’ll Want Your Kids to Imitate
What will they imitate? They imitate our words, tone of voice, even our facial expressions. It’s frustrating when they copy the things we wish they wouldn’t but they’ll imitate the good too.
5 Tips for Toddler Play When You’ve Got Other Things To Do
When you’ve got a toddler in the house, you’re always busy and they will happily command ALL of your attention. However sometimes you’ve got other things to do – and you need your toddler to be busy so you can attempt to complete a task.
100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child
This is the most popular post ever on CWK. It is simple and not guilt inducing.
5 Classic Conversation Games
Conversation games can turn the most mundane tasks into treasured time together. whether you are waiting in line at the bank, driving in the car or sharing a meal – try one of these classics.
15+ Simple Toddler Activities with Everyday Materials
Simple things you can do with every day objects with your toddler.
The Best Ways to Connect in 10 Minutes with Kids of All Ages
When the need for connection is met kids are better able to have patience, to self regulate and to learn – try one of these simple ways to connect today.
Resources to Deal with Anger
Find the entire CWK collection of posts on dealing with parenting anger. You’ll want to pin this page.
5 Ways to be a More Patient Parent
Every day parenting gives us dozens of opportunities to practice patience.
Hug it Out – Calming an Angry Child
This tool sounded almost too simple when I first read it – it’s been so helpful.
5 Sensory Activities That Help with Calm and Focus
Sensory play can be fun and engaging, but did you know that it can also help children focus?
3-2-1 Calm Down Trick
A simple technique for dealing with anger to cool your brain down from ‘boil over’ mode.
CHEERS to you friends! Your support, friendship and the sharing of your stories makes this work meaningful and endlessly fascinating for me. Coming up on CWK we’ve got a series on cooking with kids, continuing posts on things to do with toddlers, conversation starters, and my own ongoing thoughts on sibling battles and dealing with anger. Happy 2015!
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