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15-Minute De-Frazzlers for Families

By Susie Michelle Cortright

Here are a week's worth of quick family de-frazzlers. They were created not with the expectation that you will do each activity on its designated day but rather to remind you that you have 15 very special minutes to fill every day -- 15 minutes expressly for nurturing your children, your spouse, and yourself in a special way.

Day One
This evening, just before the sun goes down, gather your family to watch the sunset. The only rule: no one speaks until the sun has completely nestled into the horizon. Use the quiet time to meditate and reflect on the importance of slowing down.

Day Two
Make a loved one's day: Write a note, have the kids draw pictures, copy some home videos or tape record the kids singing and laughing. Pack it up and mail it to your oldest relative.

Day Three
No cooking tonight! Order a pizza and enjoy it on the living room floor, picnic style, with your kids.

Day Four
Encourage your children to read their favorite comics to you this morning.

Day Five
Write three pages in your journal regarding any challenge your family is currently facing. Write as quickly as you can without picking up your pen or crossing anything out. This is a powerful tool for problem-solving and for developing a sense of trust in yourself, as you tap the wisdom of your own mind.

Day Six
As you go about your day with your family, be on the lookout for 10 positive, beautiful things about each of them, your home or your home life that you haven't noticed before. Challenge yourself to maintain this heightened awareness.

Day Seven
Brainstorm at least five of your own family de-frazzlers, brief activities that will nurture your spirit while helping you reconnect with your family.

A meaningful and fulfilled life can be surprising simple. Start with a few moments each day specially devoted to renewing your spirit -- and your emphasis on the gifts in your life.

© Susie Cortright

NFO contributor writer Susie Cortright publishes, a website devoted to helping busy women find balance. Read more about Susie.



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