Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Top 10 Ways to Improve A Dismal Day

1. Pray. A lot. Together as a family, or alone. Pray specifically ("Help us to be cheerful, help us to improve our attitudes, thank you for...")

2. Make a treat together. Doesn't have to be complicated, but taking a "cookie making break" or mixing up some Jell-o and homemade whipped cream - instant mood changer.

3. Read a book together. Or each read silently for a specified amount of time. Then talk about what everyone just read. Bonus points if someone reads a few jokes aloud. (Our girls love Clubhouse, Jr. magazine for this)

4. Take a nap. Quiet time (nap time without sleeping) counts, too.

5. Work on something together: a needed household job (sorting laundry, anyone?) or something fun like building with Legos or a puzzle.

6. Put on cheerful music. Dancing is optional, but highly recommended by my girls. Singing along is also strongly encouraged.

7. Decide on something you (or the entire family) can do for someone else, whether today or another day. Call a grandparent (or in our case grandparent or great-grandparent) just to talk.

8. Get outside. To a playground or just for a walk around the block. If it's really snowy (like today), bundle up and get out there, even if it's only for 30 minutes.

9. Declare a family movie day (or night). Watch something together. Make popcorn. Make hot cocoa. Snuggle in on the couch with the comfiest blankets.

10. Look at scrapbooks or family pictures together, especially from when the kids were babies. It's hard, if not impossible, for a little girl to cling to her grumpy attitude when she's looking at a picture of how cute she was when she was a baby and trying chocolate for the first time.

More thoughts on "Re-Setting" in this post. (Can you tell it's been on my mind? That's what a new year and winter will do to a body.)

This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday at Oh, Amanda.


oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Love this! Such great, intentional and easy tips.

Also, my kids LOOOOVE Clubhouse Jr.! :)

Pastor David Pitman said...

Look for gift bags at your door ;)

ginellebaskin said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing. I will be referring back to this often:)

Vicky said...

Our kids loved all the Focus on the Family magazines starting with Clubhouse Jr! Great list!

Susan Evans said...

These are some of the things I love to do, too! I need to play praise music more often. That definitely turns my mood around.

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