Top 10 Daily Boosters:
1. Quote of the Week:
2. 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: (this week’s example)”I love how you took off your muddy boots at the door!”
Bigs (13-18+) Text-your-Teen-at-Ten: Send a text to your teenager each day at 10:00am (this week’s example)”What would you do if you had $100 to spend in the next 5 minutes?”
3. Marriage Booster
Part 1:Each day share one interesting quote/fact/news story with your spouse (can’t be about carpooling or homework).
This week’s example: “What charitable cause would you give money to?”
Part 2: Each day text yourself a compliment. Instead of waiting to get kudos from your spouse (soemthing you can’t control) give yourself a daily compliment (can control). It really does help!
4. Dinner Booster
“What’s for Dinner?” Try this, this week:
5. Faith Boost
The 23rd Psalm from the Message version of the Bible:
1-3 God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.
6. Blog of the Week Link
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.
“When no one was looking they crawled under the chain-linked fence…”
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. Full cupboards, full fridge
2. Temperatures above 30! (54 today)
3. Being there when my daughter got off the bus to announce she lost her front tooth!
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!
Tonight: Covey Run Columbia Valley Riesling 2010 with Godiva Chocolate Lava Cake Truffle (both fall in the “Mmm, I like this” category)