Coping Tools for a Busy Season

Coping Tools for Busy ScheduleHoly crisp everything is hitting at once. Did you survive the back to school scramble? Do you have your coping tools ready to go?

Summer is over and fall, while not official until September 23rd, is here. I love the trappings of fall, but dang it’s a busy season. Sports, music, volunteer requests, mountains of paperwork, school projects, and oh yes, your own separate list of goals you hope to accomplish while the kids are in school. AND THEN THERE’S WORK. How do we keep it all together? Let’s talk about the state of our minds in relation to our schedules.

Shifting seasons, particularly from summer into fall then onto winter can alter our brain chemistry. Aside from nutrition and exercise, what are your coping skills? I’m going to list a few of mine to get the ball rolling.

TOOLS (we all need them) Disclaimer: these are from a 2015 post. I noted my updates. Tried and true, many of them still work great. Continue reading

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Screen free summer for kidsWe all know limiting screen time during summer is a challenge. If you work from home, and need your kids to stay occupied and out of trouble without destroying your house, it’s even more of a challenge.

I created a Boredom Busters list a few years ago that I still post every summer. Click Boredom Busters to open the printable file.

This year we added a chore app to our arsenal. Chorma. It allows you to assign points to chores linked to a reward system. I chose a $20 gift card (their choice) if they reach 85 points. Chorma worked like a charm the first week and though the novelty has worn off, my kids are still working toward that gift card. I’m nagging less than usual, so it’s working. I think I’ll add extra points to ensure they clean up after any boredom buster activities.

I’d love to hear your ideas for a screen free summer. Good luck and Happy Summer!

April

 

Is your family prepared for an emergency?

questions-2245264_1920Family Emergency Plan

There’s been a series of small (3.4 ish) quakes in Kitsap County over the past few days and although I choose to believe these small quakes are relieving pressure and staving off the ‘big one,’ it’s prompted me to review our emergency plan.

After my divorce 3 years ago I went through a disaster preparedness phase. It was part of my process in establishing my new head of household position. I needed to feel secure and prepared. For the most part, on a nominal level, I think we are. Are you?

There are a lot of wonderful resources online, but I thought I’d share some of the simple steps we’ve taken in case it helps anyone else. Scroll to the bottom for links to kits and printable plans. It’s a good idea to review your plan with your family. Continue reading

The Way Forward

Flowers for Victoria
Flowers from Victoria’s memorial service.

I’m preparing to attend the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference in Portland next week and have to admit it’s been a struggle to get my head in the game after what turned out to be a tragic July for my family. My brother’s wife, Victoria, took her own life on the 4th of July. She was 39 years old and we did not see it coming. Those who knew her well understood she battled depression and detachment disorder, but we also witnessed her wonderful capacity to love others and her vigilant approach to self-care. She lived a very healthy lifestyle and was pursuing projects that we thought would bring her joy. In the end, it wasn’t enough. Continue reading