By Mary Tabak, Our Kids Network Developmental Assets Manager
It’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement of the holidays. We can get overwhelmed with all the ads, decorations…and our children coming up with lists of “things” they want for the holidays. Let’s slow it down for a moment and reflect on what the holidays really mean to you.
How your holidays will look, sound and feel this year is up to you. You can choose what is really important and how you want to celebrate it.
Some considerations for when you’re making plans…
Spending lots of money? OR Spending lots of time with loved ones?
Most stressful time of year? OR Most meaningful time of year?
House full of decorations? OR House full of family and friends?
Giving gifts from the store? OR Giving gifts from the heart?
A time to clash with family? OR A time to build or repair relationships?
Focus on getting? OR Focus on giving?
Eating lots of food? OR Sharing lots of food?
Standing in line? OR Standing up for what you believe in?
Counting gifts? OR Counting blessings?
In thinking about our work with Developmental Relationships, let’s make some space for relationships to thrive through the holidays and all year round.
Express Care Invite someone who is alone to your table.
Challenge Growth Continue an old family tradition or start a new one.
Provide Support Find a charity and commit to it as a family.
Share Power Encourage the children to help in menu planning.
Expand Possibilities Visit and explore a small town in Ontario.
For more information about Developmental Relationships and asset-building, visit www.ourkidsnetwork.ca/Relationships