Anyone who has ever read one of my blogs, knows how important I believe routine is in raising healthy children. While I believe a stable routine is good for children, it can sometimes be unhealthy for parents. Parents, especially single parents often find themselves stuck in a monotonous and tedious routine completely revolving around their children. Don’t get me wrong, monotony is not a word I word ever use to describe parenting, but our routine can become just that.
We wake up each morning and then get the kids up. We get the kids ready for school and ourselves ready for work. We make breakfast. We get the kids off to school and then it’s off to work for us. We pick the kids up from school after our work day is done. We help with homework, cook dinner, get the kids bathed and ready for bed, tuck them in and then it’s off to bed for us. If we are blessed, we wake up the next morning and do it all over again. Sounds like an adrenaline junkies dream, doesn’t it??
Energize your life by making changes to your daily routine.
Below are just a few suggestions to help you liven up your life just a bit. You will be amazed at how these small changes have a positive affect on your attitude and life.
- Change the order of your morning routine – Have the kids help you make breakfast in the morning. It’s a great way to get some quality time in before the day starts.
- Take a different route to work – I bet the majority of us go to work the same way each day.
- Go to a different grocery store – It’s nice to see different faces in a new environment.
- Say hello to a stranger.
- Perform a random act of kindness.
- Sleep on the other side of the bed – I know, that’s a tough one..
- Say yes to something you would normally say no to.
- Take a night off – Cleaning and laundry will be there the next day.
- Try a new recipe – Even Hamburger Helper gets old after a while.
Set a personal goal to make one change each day and then continue adding different changes. Making little changes in our daily routine can have a significant impact on our lives. They can raise our quality of life and emotional health, not to mention help us be better parents.