Top 10 Daily Boosters:
1. Quote of the Week:
2. Marriage Booster
Part 1:Each day share one interesting quote/fact/news story with your spouse (can’t be about carpooling or homework).
For example: What is your favorite wine and what does it say about you:
Part 2: Each day text yourself a compliment. How is that a marriage booster you might ask? You know how we somethimes we set our selves up for disappointments? We hope our spouse would walk through the door at the end of the day and say, “My dear, you look ravishing! How do you do it all? I was just telling Bill at the office how I marvel at how you are able to get so much done in one day. The kids, the house, the cooking…wow you amaze me!” Or some days I would settle for a “How was your day?”
So instead of waiting to get kudos from your spouse (soemthing you can’t control) give yourself a daily compliment (can control). If you know you rocked that conversation with your daughter over quitting school to raise horses (at the age of 11), or you painted your entire batroom during your kids’ nap (and your spouse didn’t notice), or you diverted an emergency of running out of school-approved snacks by hiding some in your sock drawer, then text it to yourself telling you what a great job you did. It really does help!
3. Parenting Boost
Littles (0-5) Sketch a cartoon on a post-it note for your child(ren) and put it on your fridge:
Middles (6-12) Write a note on a post-it to your child(ren) and hide it in their room: (example)”Thank you for getting ready so quickly this morning!”
Bigs (13-18+) Text-your-Teen-at-Ten: Send a text to your teenager each day at 10:00am (example)”Would you rather live in a small house but get to travel, or live in a big house but have to stay home?”
4. Dinner Booster
“What’s for Dinner?” Try this, this week:
5. Faith Boost
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippeans 4:6-8 (NIV)
6. Blog of the Week Link
Ann Voskamp posts these every Saturday, I love it!
7. Bedtime Boost-Story Starter In an ideal world I would snuggle with each of my kids before bed and tell them elaborate bedtime stories starring them as the hero. However I would have to start at 6:00pm to get through all my kids and my 15-year-old doesn’t want me in his room let alone doing any snuggling, so here is a weekly story starter that you can use maybe once this week with some of your kiddos.
“The kids all gathered around the broken drone. They removed the memory chip and brought it back to their home. When they opened the files they found…”
8. Bedtime Boost-Prayer: Say a quick prayer each night with your kids. Teach them to pray for others. If they are worried about having bad dreams, encourage them to pray for three other kids that might be afraid to go to sleep that night too.
9. Gratitude Booster: 3 things you’re thankful for…
1. I’m not in pain and I don’t feel sick
2. I still have kids in that “Mommy look what I drew.” mode
3. My heated blanket
10. Punch Out: At the end of the day I’m looking forward to…
My “Punch Out” for March is to try different wine and chocolate pairings…I know sounds so sophisticated. Last month I started and it has been something I look forward to. So each night after the kiddos are in bed (and often put back to bed again) I pour a half-glass of wine and choose a speical chocolate from my stash (which I also keep in my sock drawer). I got a variety of chocolates from Target, they have quite a few, and I’m writing the pairings in my wine journal. After a couple weeks I’m basically able to catorgorize the wines and chocolates into two categories, 1. “Mmmm, I like this” OR 2. “Ooh, this is gross”. I’m sure my pallete will change and evolve over time.
I ususally read my Facebook feeds or watch a movie at the end of the day with my wine and chocolate. That’s my End of the Day Booster!