Sometimes we show family what we will show no others. I’ll admit it. There are days when I get sad, upset or just plain grumpy. And here’s where my family sees my ugly side. In light of that and the season, I am giving back to the people who see all my sides and love me anyway, in tiny little ways:
Make tea. My daughter especially loves it when I make tea for her in the evening. It is a little comfort and sometimes a tummy soother. She likes the ritual: a drop of honey a spoon to mix it and a blanket to snuggle into while she drinks it.
Make their beds. Now, I am a huge proponent of teaching kids to learn to do for themselves, but hey, I know firsthand life gets busy. So once in a while, I make their beds so they can crawl in at the end of the day nice and cozy.
Give them your time, electronic free, and listen to them, share a book, some news, a bike ride. Relax with them and they’ll relax. Shift your eyes every 30 seconds to your phone and they’ll know they’ve lost you.
Make their favorite dinner. Better yet, let them pick and plan it and help out. Making it a group activity helps you connect.
Let your spouse have time for himself. My husband knows that when he’s out on his bike, I’ve got it covered. This one works both ways and helps us appreciate time with each other.
There are a jillion more you can think of, I’m sure. But you don’t have to share with me, just share it with yours right at home.