THIS 3 MINUTES OF READING COULD SAVE YOU HOURS IN THE FUTURE.
It is our pleasure to welcome parents and teachers who want to make a positive difference. We know that if you found our site, you already love your children deeply and would like to create an environment that nurtures thinking minds and respectful relationships.
What is preventing you from realizing these goals?
Before we can teach and interact with our children, we need to create an environment that invites and allows experiential learning. We live in a busy world with continuous distractions. All of us are time and energy deficient, leaving us feeling ineffective and intolerant. While being busy makes us feel important and needed, it often sabotages our most important roles we would choose as priorities.
What if you could make changes that would benefit you and your family?
I remember being overwhelmed as a young mother. I thought I had goals and values for my family. However, it was very frustrating to me to feel like I was always responding to someone else’s schedule and demands. I was constantly in “repair mode” rather than “prepared mode. “ One day in the midst of practicing piano with my son, who I loved dearly, I responded in a harsh voice that did not represent the beautiful person I believed myself to be! It immediately made me realize that my family was getting my left-over time and energy. I knew it was time to re-evaluate my purpose, value and priorities. How could I save my best time and energy for those I valued most?
Who needed to change? Me
When? At that moment
Why? Because I believed my family was wonderfully created and deserved my best. Therefore, I needed to model the behavior I valued and not rely on others or chance to do my job.
Challenge: Initiate One Positive Change Today.
Find a quiet time and place to reflect on what you value most.
List the top 3 priorities in your life.
Now, choose 3 things or activities that clutter your life and prevent meaningful interactions with your family. By eliminating these activities, you can find the time to do what is more important.
Choose times during the day that you can engage in purposeful activities that support your values. Write them down and share your plan and commitment with a spouse, family member or friend. It will feel refreshing to initiate your new plan.
I chose that I never wanted to speak harshly to any of my family members again. That was easy to say, but not so easy to change! All change requires plans for new actions. I determined that I would pause to evaluate my words before speaking, especially when stressed or angry. This allowed me to replace the time I spent complaining with time to notice something my children had done well. It was a starting point for change. I noticed that we all began acting and feeling better.
“You don’t have to be great to start something new or to change, but you have to START to be great!”
What will your Starting Point be?
I’m cheering for you. Let me know how it goes. Together, we can make a difference!
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