Encouraging Optimism In Your Family

The sky has been falling on a regular basis, in my home…

“This cut will NEVER heal!”

“I will NEVER figure out these Math problems!”

“I CAN’T eat at that restaurant, they won’t have anything I like!”

Oh, puh-lease, right?  I know.  In my mind, I imagine saying, “you have NO idea how hard life is going to get, ya little terd.”  But, I bite my tongue and instead, make a plan.  It’s all part of being a mom :)

There are so many wonderful things in this world and so much to be happy about, despite any hard-knocks we might be going through.  It’s important to me that my children learn that happiness is a choice and to make a habit of recognizing the good things in life.

After a family lesson on good attitudes and optimism, which you can find, in detail, on “Or so she says…” today, I introduced the “Life is Good” project.  Here’s how it works:

I bought a nice notebook, love the Moleskins, and found some cute letter stickers for the front.  Obviously, it could be way more fancy and frilly, but I’ve got 5 kids.  That’s how I roll.

We started off by having everyone write 3 things in the notebook that made them happy that day.  They also had to date and sign their name by their entry.

Yes, you are reading that correctly.  It says, “When Caden bit my leg.” (By Audrey)  Caden is NOT the dog, it’s her brother.  I’m so glad she found joy in that.

Afterward, I announced that the following day, it would be place on someone’s bed.  Whoever had it on their bed would have to write their 3 happy things from the day and put it on someone ELSE’S bed the next day.  They could pick anyone they wanted and simply leave it on their pillow.  And, so on and so on…

We just started, but I am already loving reading what has made everyone happy!  Not only will it encourage my family to think of the good things in life, but it will be a great keepsake!

Have a happy day!

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