15-Minute De-Frazzlers for Families
By Susie Cortright
Here are a week's worth of quick family de-frazzlers. They were
created, not with the expectation that you will do each activity on its
designated day, but, rather, to remind you that, every day, you have 15 very
special minutes to fill. Fifteen minutes expressly to nurture your children,
your spouse, and yourself in a special way.
Day One This evening, just before the sun goes down,
gather your family to watch the sunset. The only rule: no one speaks until the
sun has completely nestled into the horizon. Use the quiet time to meditate and
reflect on the importance of slowing down.
Day Two Make a loved one's day: Write a note, have the
kids draw pictures, copy some home videos, or tape record the kids singing and
laughing. Pack it up and mail it to your oldest relative.
Day Three No cooking tonight! Order a pizza and enjoy it
on the living room floor, picnic style) with your kids.
Day Four Encourage your children to read their favorite
comics to you this morning.
Day Five Write three pages in your journal regarding any
challenge your family is currently facing. Write as quickly as you can without
picking up your pen or crossing anything out. This is a powerful tool for
problem-solving and for developing a sense of trust in yourself, as you tap the
wisdom of your own mind.
Day Six As you go about your day with your family, be on
the lookout for ten positive, beautiful things about each of them, your home, or
your home life that you haven't noticed before. Challenge yourself to maintain
this heightened awareness.
Day Seven Brainstorm at least five of your own family de-frazzlers: brief activities that will nurture your spirit while helping you
reconnect with your family.
A meaningful and fulfilled life can be surprising
simple. Start with a few moments each day specially devoted to renewing your spirit--and
your emphasis on the gifts in your life.
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