It’s about the little things

Parenting in the modern era is hectic. And admittedly, the chaos often gets the best of me. When I am really in the thick of things I stop and remind myself that one day I will miss being this busy. I will miss the bickering, the piles of laundry overflowing in the corner and struggling to pull together a quick and semi-nutritious dinner.(Ok, maybe not the piles of laundry.)

Perhaps one of the things I will miss most is a little ritual we initially developed around the dinner table–High, Low, Funny. Going around the table, youngest to oldest we each recount the best, worst and funniest parts of our days. It is a small glimpse into the lives we live outside of our family. And it’s a time when we laugh, offer encouragement and applaud achievement.

Admittedly, we don’t always eat dinner at home or even together. But we can play High, Low, Funny anytime and everywhere. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed and disconnected, pause take a deep breadth and find a moment to make those small connections matter.

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