Last week’s challenge was focusing on being POSITIVE! How did you do? Are you a positive person by nature or is this something you needed to work on?
I am not a negative person per say and I am not unhappy by any stretch of the imagination. However, I am a more serious person, unlikely to display much emotion. I do not regularly model the joy that life offers for my daughter. I have to remind myself to smile more. I have to remind myself to laugh more. I get stuck in my head a lot and need to take a step away and just enjoy life for the sake of living. Time does have a way of passing me by.
I think that I do need to work on displaying more positivity for my daughter. It’s not that I display or dwell on the negative. I just need to model an enjoyment of the world around us and the little things that make up our day. So this week, I am making a conscious effort to do this (now that I have identified what I need to do). I think that this particular challenge will be something that I need to really remain focused on for the long haul simply because it goes a little bit against my inherent nature of not displaying much emotion.
Everyone ready for the next challenge? It actually piggybacks off of my Communication Breakdowns post.
Challenge #4 focuses on your relationship with your spouse, partner or significant other!
As always, you can read Carrie’s original post here.
From Carrie: “Please, please think about what your home will look like in twenty years when your children are gone and you and your husband are left alone. What will your relationship look like?”
I LOVE this question mainly because it is not something I think about. And that is scary. Off the top of my head I cannot answer that question. So this is a GREAT challenge this week!
Let’s all take some time to reflect on how we connect with our spouse/significant other both in the company of our children as well as away from our children. This includes how we communicate, how we show affection, how we connect intimately, and how we interact in our individuals roles within the family unit. Let’s evaluate how all of this impacts us individually, as a couple, and as a family. How is our relationship with our spouse viewed by our children? If a stranger we observing you as a couple, what would their impressions be? Do you like what that stranger is seeing? Do you like what you are modeling for your children? Is your relationship healthy and functional? Is it dysfunctional? Why? What steps can you take to improve it?
Good luck! I am off to continue challenge # 3 and to tackle # 4 in a big way!