January 06, 2023
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🤗 Make it a priority to find contentment for yourself.
✈️ If the holidays left you needing a little distance from the grandparents…
👨👩👧👧 Grow closer with your family & bond this year with these ideas.
❤️ You can help make the world a better place when you teach your child the importance of diversity.
👍 Start the year off right— Be intentional with the next 359 days.
tips & tricks for growth
divorced parents– make the transition smooth as you remarry
Remarrying with children often creates a complex dynamic. Expectations may not be clear and people aren’t sure how to behave. An ex-spouse and the person they marry impact what happens in your home. Is it any surprise that all of this creates stress and conflict in relationships? Do blended families have to be complicated?
“Most couples enter into remarriage with a tremendous amount of expectation and hope,” says Ron Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family. “They are filled with hope, expecting positive things and are well-intentioned, yet in most instances, they are naïve about the trip they are about to take.”
Believe it or not, transitioning into a stepfamily requires some prep work.💞
If you are embarking on this journey, Ron Deal’s recommendations can help you out.
- Nurture your marriage and learn to communicate well.
- Keep perspective.
- Talk with others.
- Help the kids.
- Traditions matter.
find forgiveness for yourself
Forgiveness is often defined as letting go of feelings of resentment, anger, or bitterness toward someone who has wronged you. Forgiving others can be tough. But we all can forgive. While you may be able to forgive others, how are you at forgiving yourself for mistakes you’ve made or wrongs you’ve committed?
Forgiving yourself requires empathy, compassion, kindness, and understanding.💛 We all make mistakes. However, there is power in acknowledging, learning from, and moving beyond our mistakes.
Why should I forgive myself?
Forgiving yourself is a big deal for your own personal growth. When you forgive yourself, you improve your self-image. Studies have shown that those who practice self-forgiveness experience lower levels of depression and anxiety, too.
Forgiving also impacts your physical health. Research shows that forgiveness can reduce blood pressure and improve heart health. So, how can you find forgiveness for yourself? Is it possible?
let’s get REALatable
It’s time to take things a step further & get a little intimate with a Q&A. What do you say?😉 Learn a little bit about the faces behind all of this relationship gold. This week we’re chatting with Caroline Henry, wife to her husband of 3.5yrs, toddler girl mama(Whew. Someone buy her a coffee!), organizational wizard, and the Content Strategist here at First Things First! Let’s get REALatable💛 & learn a little bit about her:
Q: What time do you go to bed?
A: 💤 What time do I actually go to bed? Or what time do I wish I went to bed? As a working mom, I usually wish I was in bed at, like, 8:30. But realistically it’s usually between 10-11.
Q: Farthest you’ve ever been from home?
A: 🌏 Naples, Italy. It was 10 days with my sister and a group of high school students, and it was an amazing experience!
Q: Favorite season?
A: ❄️🍂 Before becoming a mom, winter by far. I love bundling up for the cold weather, and hot drinks are the best! But now with a toddler, probably autumn. It’s so fun to get outside and explore with her, especially when it’s not blazing hot or raining all week long!
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