Creating Family Routines – How to Get Back on Track

The start of 2011 has been pretty stressful for people in Queensland and it seems many people are struggling with finding their rhythm and flow again. In the last 30 days, Queenslanders in particular have gone from Christmas to New Years eve celebrations and parties, to making New Year Resolutions, to holidays with the kids, to floods, to cleaning up, to getting the kids ready for school, and then sending the kids off to school. Phew! No wonder many are exhausted and wondering where the month of January went.
Getting knocked off track can happen at any time and for any reason, for example, illness, death of a loved one, or natural events. What all of this unexpected activity does is knock us off track and upset our usual routinue.
Here are 3 tips to getting back on track and finding your flow again:
  1. Research shows us that kids whose families who have a routine do better in school and are more socially confident. Especially given the trauma some children will have faced with the floods, having a routine will also provide a sense of security that at least some things haven’t changed. Have a look at your family routine and tweak it where necessary or create a new one if you don’t already have one.
  2. What are the two things you want to achieve this year as a family? It could be taking a family holiday, eating 5 out of 7 dinner meals together each week, or the kids picking up after themselves.  As a family, write down the steps you need to take to achieve your family goals and everyone sign off on it. Then post these goals and steps where you can all see them and start to tick off the steps as you achieve them.
  3. Leave room for fun and creativity. We all obviously need fun and the chance to let our hair down so go have a play in the park or do face painting at home on each other or go to a theme park. Be spontaneous and enjoy.
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