We’re in a mad winter funk over here.
A serious winter funk.
Lots of snow days and delays grey skies and dreary days and indoor recess at school means that there’s been a lot of grumpy, grouchy kids at our house.
No matter what we do to mix things up, it seems like we’ve all been doing more arguing and bickering than I care to admit. And it’s not just the kids–sure, of course, it’s the kids. But it’s also my husband and me. The dog. The birds and fish.
We’re all a little cranky.
And I’m chalking it up to the winter blues.
So instead of allowing it to totally take over our lives this month, this month of luuuurve and friendship, we decided to focus on being nicer.
Our #livefocused challenge has us focusing on friendship over here, and because being nice is a really big part of friendship, we’re trying to be nicer than necessary this month.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Be Nicer Than Necessary Notes–Lunchbox Love to Help Us Stop Bickering:
Because Maddy, Owen, and Cora all really dug our True Holiday Spirit Notes during Advent this year, I fashioned the Be Nicer than Necessary Notes after them. The kids liked how these notes were simple and small.
Today, at breakfast, when I introduced the idea to them, I said,
You guys. This past month has been a little crazy over here. There’s been a whole lot more arguing, bickering, and yelling than I care to admit. And it’s not just you.
Daddy and I have been arguing. Brady has been cranky. The birds and fish have been nasty.
We have all been super-cranky, and something has to change.
We talked about how hard the winter is and how much more time we spend stuck indoors and how hard that can be, but they agreed: something has to change, or we’re all going to go insane.
Owen said, Oh Mom, that’s not at all catchy: ‘Nicer than necessary notes’? Can’t you think of something better?
I explained that the name isn’t as important as what we’d be doing but if he wanted to think of a newer, better, and more catchy name that he totally could.
I said that each day, I’ll share a note in their lunchbox and that we’ll talk about what we did–or didn’t do–that night at dinner.
No pressure. Just a quick little reminder each day to be nicer than necessary. To be kinder than expected. To give a little more and to bring a little more sunshine into other people’s days.
Do you want the Be Nicer than Necessary Notes to download and throw in your kids’ lunches this month?
Here they are: nicer than necessary lunchbox notes teachmama.com
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Really, what I do is print out three sheets of notes (one for each child), and then I cut them as one page then clip them together.
That way, Maddy, Owen, and Cora will each get the same note every single day.
And is it a big deal that there are 25 notes here and 28 days in February? Nope. I figured that between snow days and weekends, we’d do fine with 25 reminders to be nicer than necessary. It’s all good.
It’s not about perfection. It’s about trying to live more intentionally, to be more focused in our every day, to smile more and worry less. Right? Right.
And that’s it–just one little way we’re trying to move from being the Cranky McCrankerson family to a family that’s oozing with kindness. Or something like that.
Would it work for your family? How do you get your kids, spouse, and self out of the winter rut?
I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this month, when our #livefocused theme is friendship, than by sharing this information with you, your kids, students, and families.
I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead!
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