8 Ways to Embrace the Ordinary
Create a special morning ritual for you to share each morning when your kids wake-up. Is it butterfly kisses, and a squeezy-hug? Maybe sing a made-up morning time song, or just sending the dog to jump on your child's bed.
Have a special chair that you call it the "shoe store". This is where you help your kids put on their shoes and tie up their laces, but because it's a 'shop' invite your children in and make a game of it. Dr Newman says, "This will speed up getting ready and they will remember it as going to the 'shoe store.'"
After dinner is finished and before everyone gets stuck into their evening chores, turn on some music and let your hair down together. Dance around the house with your children for a few minutes and watch them smile.
Do you enjoy a cup of tea? Why not ask your child to join you. They'll feel very 'grown up' to enjoy an adult drink even if it's simply milk in a fancy tea cup.
Turn the monotony of mealtime into something memorable by giving each night a name. Is it Fish n Chip Friday, or Chicken Tuesday? Dr Newman says, "Naming the meal day tells children what is for dinner and becomes a unique part of growing up in your family."
Next time you have to bring in the washing, get dinner underway or wash the car, ask your kids to join you. Enjoy being in each other's company and see what conversation comes.
When you're going on a car trip or having dinner create a discussion about a current event that your children would be interested in. They'll appreciate engaging in a 'grown up' chat with you, and might learn some things along the way.
Special night-time rituals as your children are getting ready to go to sleep can stay with them for a lifetime. Dr Newman suggests, "Have a quick bedtime ceremony even if it's only a certain way of puffing the pillow or patting your child's head."