The alarm sounds at 5 am. The first order of business is trying to get out of bed without waking the sleeping toddler snoring at your side. If you are able to maneuver out of bed, carefully removing the foot from over your head while keeping her asleep, the morning has high hopes of going smoothly. If the beast awakens you just move into survival mode and hope to make it through the morning with minimal meltdown. Most mornings begin with a few minutes of stretches or exercise, breakfast preparations, smoothie making, lunches (if you failed to make them the night before) and most importantly coffee! DON’T FORGET THE COFFEE!
Let’s face it! Generally kids don’t like the green stuff. Yet children need important vitamins and nutrients found in a medley of fresh vegetables. Many parents are incorporating salads multiple times a week while pleading with children to “just try a bite!” Sound familiar? Is there really any secrets to helping them consume more vegetables?
A few years back I recall reading a fascinating article about a family that nearly cut all household waste. They learned to go without a lot of products that could not be purchased outside of boxes and also learned where to purchase goods they needed in a wholesale or non-packaged form. I remember thinking what discipline this must have taken and all the ways my family could do better with our consumption habits.
For our family it seems the bedtime routine has varied over the years from our first to second child. Our first child was a very good sleeper from an early age and had our undivided attention from birth. We read at least 20 minutes every night, sang songs from her favorite shows at the time and a few classics from the bedtime repertoire. Then her sister came along and it began to be interrupted, shortened and overall my attention then had to be shared between the two loves.
We are all guilty of the comparison that leaves us always feeling unsatisfied and wanting more. The message that we should look, feel, act and be different than we are today is in every marketing campaign by every major retailer. It is this consistent message that tomorrow we will be better if we just do that one other thing.