Thanksgiving may be over, but let’s continue to focus on being thankful by using words of encouragement! This holiday season may look very different for many of us. We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can help each other to stay positive. Use today’s phrase, “Looks great,” while you do Christmas crafts this week or take family pictures together!
On Monday, I went to out to lunch by myself. There’s a few restaurants I like that my family hates, so I drove over to the Olive Garden by myself. lol
Do you ever do that as a mom? You just decide you need a meal alone? It happens once in a blue moon, but that quiet lunch with no one talking to me gave me exactly what my mind needed. After lunch, I was ready to be present for work and my kids. But when those bread sticks hit my table, all I could say was, “Yummy!”
“Put your shoes on,” has to be one of the number one phrases all moms say all. the. time. You’d think it would get easier as the kids get older, but a friend of mine has a pre-teen daughter, who she says, takes SO long to pick out her shoes because they have to match her outfit * perfectly.* All I know is that before having kids, I did not consider the amount of time I’d spend telling my kids to just get their shoes on! 😆
“The bus is coming,” works well with yesterday’s phrase! It’s always a fine balance between being early for the bus but not being so early that you stand around waiting forever! We used to take the bus all the time when we were living in Europe. Their public transportation system is very well organized, so we enjoyed taking it!
Have you gone on a trip abroad and used their public transportation system? How did it go?
This week, we’re practicing phrases that we use when playing games together! Although Hector isn’t super into board games, he does a great job about playing them anyway. Nolan will play Monopoly for hours if we let him! And it’s so hard to let him!! lol Sometimes Hector has to call the game because it’s taking so long! Use this phrase, “Let’s play a game,” the next time you want to play a game! And how about you: are you a board game family? Or are you not a fan like Hector?
It’s really, officially not summer anymore. Maybe that happened a month ago for you where you live, but for sure here in Texas, things have finally cooled down! If it’s raining, my boys will be the first ones to run outside with rain boots and coats. They’ve even asked to do school work outside with their books in the rain! That’s definitely not happening, 😅 but at least we can practice saying, “It’s raining” in a foreign language. Do your kids like playing in the rain?
This week, we are practicing phrases that we say when time’s up! Whether that’s leaving your house, heading home from a nature walk, or finishing up chores, use today’s phrase, “It’s time to go,” the next time you need to transition activities! What activities do you have scheduled for today?
I think it’s important to feature good behavior, so making sure they are getting attention for good things is important to me. Even the simplest thing of being just overall nice to each other during a regular school day is something to be celebrated! Have your kids practice, “You are so nice,” to each other during your morning school time today!
Tell me… what’s something sweet and small your child did that made your day better?
Today’s phrase, “I liked the book,” goes along with yesterday’s question! We read together right before bed most nights of the week. The boys always try to talk about the books or ask to read just one more book to stall actually having to go to sleep. But really, if my kids wanting to read more is a problem, then I’d say it’s a good problem to have! 😀