I didn't want the grown ups in our household to be down in the mouth. First of all, that would have made the boys feel blah. Second of all, IT WAS CHRISTMAS!! Who wants to be sour at a birthday party? So I took it upon myself to be jolly enough for everybody. Most days I am an upbeat person. But I didn't realize that having a cheerful family makes this a lot easier.
By the time Christmas was over, I was emotionally exhausted. I never knew how mentally draining it is having to be optimistic when everyone around you is blue. I'm thankful that's not my everyday.
Every night, during dinner, we play a game called "Favorite Part of the Day". The main purpose of this is not only for us to find something good in our day (no matter how crappy it might have been) but I also want to teach the boys how important it is to find something good in everyday.
It's important to me that they are happy kids, turning into happy adults, with a positive outlook on life. Practicing that for them to emulate has made my life happier in the process.
That isn't to say I walk around with a grin on my face on a daily basis. There are days that the kids are driving me crazy and I just want to lock myself in the bathroom and cry. Or days when I am down on myself for not accomplishing more. On those kind of days I find myself saying lot of silent prayers. Jamming (is it terribly unhip to say "jamming" anymore?) to my favorite tunes also helps. I believe that playing music that you know the lyrics to works a lot better. Sending me into American-Idol-Wanna-Be mode.
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