Happy Fairytale Friday!
We at My Magical Memory hope you and your families are having the most magical holiday season! With New Year’s around the corner, and with everyone creating their “Resolutions” Lists…we thought a Parent-Centered list of ideas might help you with crafting your own!
Put a Cap on Your Work Day.
Work can feel like it wants to be the most important thing in your life. In 2018, try to limit checking those e-mails after 6 p.m. — even though it never stops coming in. Let the day’s tasks, hassles, and responsibilities slowly melt off of you as you become present for your family. The computer has your attention all day — now it’s your families turn.
Want to be more productive at work or more present at home? Go to bed. Sleep deprivation can lead to heart disease, depression, weight gain, mistakes on the job and short fuses at home. Stop trying to cram it all in by sleeping less. Aim for eight hours of sleep daily and say good night to tired in 2018.
Log off Facebook/Instagram.
One way to find more time for sleep is to log off of Facebook, Instagram, and any other Online Social Media Platform. Be honest; how much time are you spending online? Do you really care what a former coworker made for lunch? Do you need to post every picture of your little princess with a perfect caption? Do you really need to comment on that post of someone from your college dorm that you knew 15 years ago who is so excited for dropping ten pounds? Log off and allow yourself to spend true quality time with your family!
Put down the mop.
Women spend, on average, 30 percent more time on housework than men do. If we’re so busy doing it all — from folding the laundry to washing the dishes to mopping the floor, how are we supposed to have it all? In 2018, why not ease up on the housework? Lower your standards, even just a little, and free up some precious time to pursue career or personal goals or, just sleep.
Make the invisible visible.
Parents tend to carry the burden for the invisible tasks as well as the visible chores. These tasks take up just as much mental energy as folding laundry and making dinner. But while it’s one thing not to make the beds everyday, it’s quite another to not book your child’s doctor’s appointment, or miss the deadline for soccer signups. We can’t skip these tasks, so we need to get some help with them. In 2018, aim to make the invisible visible. Enlist your life partner in life maintenance. It’s not enough for them to just drive the carpool. Ask them to organize the carpool schedule too. It’s okay to ask for help!
Embrace good enough.
Of course, when you start letting others help, you need to be prepared to accept their way of doing things. Maybe you wouldn’t dress your child in plaid and stripes, or perhaps you’d stack the dishwasher a different way. Let go to find balance. Don’t let the pursuit of perfection derail your plans for the New Year. Go for good enough in 2018 and make it your best year yet!
“We promote Intelligence, Curiosity, Hope, Kindness, Faith, Adventure, and Dreams in ALL of our Princes & Princesses! We are more than just a picture, we are a real life example of pure magic.”