It’s that time of year, again! Pumpkin time! And apple time! And leaf-color-turning time! And 31 days of writing stuff time!
I do love fall. But since it seems to be the bridge from back-to-school chaos to holiday chaos, I thought it might be nice to do a month of connecting. I’m thinking specifically of connecting with my kids, but most of the ideas here will apply to connecting with anyone in your life. They’re going to be quick, simple things. Things, perhaps, that you used to do but forgot about. Or want to try but haven’t yet. Possibly even a few things you haven’t thought of. I’m certainly hoping you’ll share things with me that I haven’t thought of.
If you’re at all like me, you begin reading series (serieses? serii?) like these thinking, “Oh, new things to try with the kids. Excellent!” and end them a month later wondering how everyone else in the world is doing all the things and feeling all the love while you have juice on your shirt and gravel in the carpet and really just want to sit on the floor at 11am and watch an episode of New Girl while your children color on the walls for a bit.
Please. Really really please. I’d like this to be an encouragement, not a list of things you’re not doing. Maybe try one or two. Maybe don’t. Maybe file them away for later. Don’t beat yourself up. Also? in the interest of full disclosure and being real and all that? I had to bribe the kids in that picture to hold hands. Then one of them yelled, “Hey! Tell me if this hurts!” and it all disintegrated from there.
So. For the rest of the month, I’ll have one thought a day on how to connect with your kids. Nothing huge. Nothing expensive. Simple.
I’m so glad you’re along for the ride.