Then we share a challenge each of us is facing (if there is one) and we all brainstorm together how to help. For me, this is important for three reasons. First it lets us hear if our kids are having a problem. Second it shows our kids that even adults face challenges. Last, but possibly most important, it shows that we value their input in solving the problem and if we work together we can get through anything.
Yesterday it all seemed to align. I said I had been struggling lately to get enough steps in during the day and I needed some ideas or encouragement for being a bit more active. My older daughter said she could help with that, maybe we could have a dance party or something. Then she spoke up and said she was really wanting to go hike a trail that we did several months ago but she didn't know how to get there or when she could go. Conveniently, my husband's challenge was also trying to find time this week to do a one hour ruck. The two-year old is still getting the hang of it but she said she wanted to go too. So it looks like all our challenges this week can be solved by getting out as a family today and taking a little hike.
I'm grateful to have an extra day home together. I'm grateful for our new family meetings and everyone having a voice. I'm grateful for my oldest daughter's eagerness to help. I'm grateful to be putting this into practice while both girls are still young so it can build naturally as they age. I'm grateful for the communication line it facilitates not only between us and the kids but between my husband and I as well. I'm grateful for some time in nature together as a family.
What is one good thing that is happening in your life this week? What is one challenge? Who do you talk with during your week?
May today help our communication be clear. May we always find the good in the week and may we always have someone to brainstorm with about challenges. Have a beautiful day!