Spring is the season of renewal and growth. So, put down your mop and dusting rags and set aside some valuable time for family this Spring.
Obviously the warmer, greener days that Spring brings are more appealing than the icy, gray days of winter. With daylight savings time, we can enjoy sunlight well past the dinner hour again. I love the description of Spring posted on a website called The Symbolic Meaning of Seasons: “ In our own lives, Spring can be symbolic of starting new projects, sewing new seeds, and coming forth with new ideas. This is also a time to contemplate health and physical well-being too. Be refreshed and prepare for your soulful debut!”
Many of us use the inspiration of this fresh, vibrant season to take charge of our living environment and we dive into a good, old-fashioned spring cleaning where we scrub, polish, shine and declutter our home. It’s a fantastic feeling to have everything neat and orderly, especially when we are living such busy, chaotic lives. Spring is not only a great time to get our homes clean and shiny, it’s also a wonderful time to spiff up our parenting style and freshen up our attitudes. Go ahead and put down your mop and dusting rags and set aside some valuable time to give your family life a spring overhaul with Mighty Mommy’s five helpful tips.
Tip #1: Read a Parenting Book
Whether you’re the parent of a newborn or college kids, there is always something new to learn in the world of parenting. Head over to the library or your favorite bookstore and select a great read that can help you learn some new parenting concepts. And if you’re like me and just don’t have as much time to read as you like, many choices are available as audiobooks on Audible.com. Two of my favorite parenting titles are The 5 Love Languages of Children written by Gary Chapman and The Blessing of a B Minus by Dr. Wendy Mogel.
Tip #2: Commit to Not Yelling
According to a new study published in the Journal of Child Development, yelling—defined as shouting, cursing, or insult-hurling—may be “just as detrimental” as physical punishment to the long-term well-being of adolescents. Even in otherwise loving homes, yelling, cursing or insults can have many of the same effects as hitting and can lead to depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem in kids. As nature starts to blossom all around us, it’s a great reminder to relax and appreciate our surroundings, and that includes enjoying our kids. If you tend to bark out orders or raise the volume too high, too often, make the commitment to stop yelling and communicate with your family in a more peaceful manner. How To Stop Yelling at Your Kids has some helpful suggestions.