Subject: Kids Games
You can help your family enjoy the benefits of doing less and slowing down by challenging yourself to take a few "long cuts" (the opposite of a short cut) each week.
Here are some "long cut" ideas to get you started:
- Walk to the post office together instead of leaving your stamped envelopes in your mailbox for the letter carrier to pick up.
- Walk with your child to a friend's house to see if she can play rather than calling to arrange a play date.
- Make dough together and bake a pizza at home rather than ordering one for delivery.
- Set your To-Do list aside for an hour and use that time to read a book with your child, swing at the park, or play "Name That Cloud."
Create a Not-To-Do list and ask family members to name one thing they won't do that day and how they will use that time instead (e.g., I won't sweep the stairs and I'll use that time to tell knock-knock jokes, or I won't make the beds and I'll use that time to have a pillow fight with my kids).
You might find it hard to do less and slow down, but it's a wonderful gift to give your children.