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Nurturing: New Year, New You

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As the new year rolled in this year my husband and I promised ourselves to do a little more nurturing this year. Not only for our son, but for all of us as a whole unit.  To eat well, exercise more and also to carve out special times throughout the week to do more together.  We wrote out a list of suggestions for ourselves to make this happen; a few ideas we’re borrowing from our friends, like an inside camping night (when it’s too cold out to do the real thing) to making things together as we’ve found online – like a stop-motion video idea; mixing things up a bit and just generally having fun.  I thought some of our readers here at Babble would be interested in a few suggestions from our list. I also would love to hear any other ideas/suggestions how you’re nurturing your family this year.  Check out ours below. (Above photo credit: Poppytalk).

  • 1. Give a Half Hour 1 of 10
    1. Give a Half Hour
    One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is your time; put aside at least a half hour of your busy day to focus and spend time with one of your loved ones, nothing lights up the eyes of a child than giving them your undivided attention in the middle of a hectic day.
    Photo credit: Hulaseventy.
  • 2. Indoor Camping 2 of 10
    2. Indoor Camping
    Put aside a night for inside camping. Lay out some comfy bedding in the middle of the living room, turn off all the screens and lights, grab a flashlight and a good book and spend some quiet giggle time together with a great book and your imaginations.
    Photo credit: Hulaseventy.
  • 3. Create together 3 of 10
    3. Create together
    Find an interest that your family and you enjoy together and build a craft/story/video that everyone is involved in.
    Photo credit: Hulaseventy.
  • 4. Leave Secret Notes 4 of 10
    4. Leave Secret Notes
    Leave each other notes around the house. Nothing is nicer than finding a note addressed to yourself in the middle of the crazy get-it-done attitude of today's world. Nothing fancy, but make it personal and caring; a clipping of a favorite sport or activity that you found to bring a little surprise into your loved one's day.
    You Are Beautiful Print by girlhula.
  • 5. Dream Together 5 of 10
    5. Dream Together
    Dream ahead together. It's so easy to get bogged down with the day's chores and demands that a break from the day to sit together and let each family member talk of their dreams and aspirations will help you to all refocus on the bigger picture, and maybe even uncover someone's deep desires.
    Photo credit: Jan Halvarson.
  • 6. Swap Roles 6 of 10
    6. Swap Roles
    Swap roles for a day and walk in each other's footsteps. Real empathy begins at home, and empathy and true understanding of your family's lives inside and out of the home can broaden everyone's understanding of each other, and will promote a clearer picture of demanding and taxing issues that family members talk about to each other. If you can't actually go to work or school for them, then encourage them to share their day with you simply listening and not judging or commenting, and try to walk virtually with them and let them know you truly care about their day to day tribulations.
    Photo credit: Hulaseventy.
  • 7. Do Nothing 7 of 10
    7. Do Nothing
    Remember the days when it wasn't a goal each day to conquer something? Do you remember the time when laying in the backyard grass and watching the clouds form and listening to the wind through the trees above was something you did? You weren't trying to accomplish anything, you weren't trying to complete anything; give your kids the same gift, go spend some time doing nothing together.
    Photo credit: instagram.com/poppytalk.
  • 8. Ask for Help 8 of 10
    8. Ask for Help
    Let your family help you. It's funny how so many of us are so self sufficient these days. The world demands it from us these days, and we've all gotten used to our thicker skin, but love gifted is as much for the giver as the givee, there is richness in giving to those we love, so next time you're struggling with something you know that your son or daughter or husband or wife is good at, give them the gift of asking for and accepting their help.
    Photo credit: Hulaseventy.
  • 9. Share Stuff You Care About 9 of 10
    9. Share Stuff You Care About
    Something we find important for our son to know is, share the stuff you care about. If there's something that you're passionate about, but have kept it at arm's length from your family, let them in. There are no greater allies in life that we have than our own families. So let them know what matters to you even if they don't totally get it, they'll have your back.
    Photo credit: instagram.com/poppytalk.
  • 10. Hold Each Other Up 10 of 10
    10. Hold Each Other Up
    And finally, if one of your family does share with you, remember that it's the person you're supporting when you hold them up, and family is there to provide a buffer to help us all ride out the storms of our lives; and we all need that.
    Photo credit: Hulaseventy. How do you nurture your family?

Read my other posts on Babble here! Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest!

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