March 03, 2023
top trending topics
👨👧For the tough guys out there, you can still embrace being a #girlldad!
💞 Children need secure relationships— Give them the opportunity to thrive!
💃 Navigating the world of dating as a single parent…
🧡 It’s possible for blended families to function without strife.
🗣 Help! We’ve been arguing nonstop with the kids. How can we move past this??
tips & tricks for growth
have a happy, healthy family when routines are in place
As someone who is not naturally organized, I’ve worked hard to understand the importance of being organized and having routines or schedules. Learning to juggle my family’s many plans has helped me embrace the need for routines. I’ve even found routines help our family be less stressed. If there’s one thing I need less of, it’s stress. Can you relate?
Through trial and error, I realized that routines provide a structured framework for my family (even for someone not naturally organized). The habits and plans you create for your family should be based on what works best for you. As a result, your routines will look different from other families, and that’s perfectly normal.
Here are a few ways routines contribute to a happier, healthier family:
✅ Provide a flow for the day.
✅ Create space for intentional family time.
✅ Foster brain development in your children.
✅ Promote social and emotional development in kids.
Having a routine doesn’t mean you need to fill all the time slots or that you’ll be the most organized family on the block. The intent is to provide a framework that allows your family to be healthy and happy, and to prioritize what you value.
don’t let stress become a killer
Are you overwhelmed with deadlines at work, kids in school, the weekly to-do list, health concerns, drama on social media? Is stress taking a toll on your relationship? Do you find yourself taking out your stress on your significant other? If so, you’re not alone.
➡️ Stress, handled wrongly, hurts relationships.It’s a reality. Often it’s the small stressors that build up and do damage.
We all face daily stresses. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could use a magic wand and remove all the stress in our lives? The reality is we have to learn to manage stress, not let stress manage us.
Here’s how to tell if stress is impacting your relationship:
😰 Stressed out people are more withdrawn.
😰 Stressed out people see the worst in others.
😰 Stress leads to exhaustion.
😰 Stress makes us irritable.
😰 Stress causes us to put other things in front of our relationship.
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 years, Will, momma to a toddler girl, and the Event Strategist here at First Things First. Let’s get REALatable💛 & learn a little bit about her:
Q: How do you take your coffee?
A: ☕️ Usually I like black coffee, but after an aversion to it while pregnant, I’m a big fan of honey lavender lattes with oat milk!
Q: Best game for family game night?
A: 🎟 Since our daughter’s a toddler, we haven’t really started family game nights. Hide and seek would probably be the closest But my husband and I love playing strategy games like Rummikub, Ticket to Ride, 7 Wonders Duel, just to name a few!
Q: What never fails to make you laugh?
A: 🤣 My (almost) two year old being a goofball She’s just figuring out that she can make people laugh, and it’s highly entertaining to see what she comes up with!
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