Copen ‘with the Kids: Simplify your family’s happiness

Looking at the state of the world today, it would be no surprise to any parent to feel a little anxious (read bonkers) from to time. Not only do we have the daily challenge of keeping our little ones happy and healthy, but we do all this under the invisible but heavy mantle of insecurity and , and we know what is going on a few streets down in .

So perhaps to minimize the gloom that some of us parents may feel, what we families need most is to eliminate distractions that our perspective on things that matter most to us.

Attach what is important
Think about your dreams, values ​​and goals for yourself and your family as a whole. So map out your life accordingly and leave room for adjustments. A good (and maybe a little morbid) way to find out what’s important to you is to ask yourself, “How would I live my life if I had only a short time left?”

Limit your obligations
Learn to set boundaries and say no to excessive schedules, meetings, or other commitments that do not contribute to the things you value. This also includes activities that we like to do, but which turn out to be more cumbersome than enjoyment at this given time.

Limit leisure activities
Just as you need to simplify your own obligations, the same goes for your child. Say yes to activities that promote your child’s life skills and no to those that do not. ECAs should be a way to discover your child’s passions and not just be a placeholder for time.

Get outside
March brought us a gift from the wonderful weather and it’s time to feel the breeze and soak up some vitamin D. Try to spend at least one hour outdoors each week. Enjoy the sunrise. Go for a walk with a dog. Take a walk along the harbor. Hunting a butterfly.

Turn down the noise
This can be one of the harder things for us to do with our endless to-do list in this age of insta-stimulation. But a good way to refocus and clear up your mind is to spend a few minutes a day on a little peace and solitude. Put your phone away, find a quiet place in your home – bedroom, bathroom, balcony – and experience just 10 minutes of meditation, self-reflection, me-time or whatever you want to call it.

Limit tangible property
The constant talk about and volatile financial markets is more than enough to make us want to keep our wallets – and rightly so. Try your best to live within your means – or even below, if you have a you want to save up for. Reduce clutter in your home by donating to charity or selling your previously beloved items at a thrift store.

Create memorable moments
Fill your memory bank with a wealth of enriching family moments. Explore together. Play together. Laugh together. Cry together. Learn together. Eat together. Read together. Travel together. Ultimately, these are the moments that shape our relationships with our children and strengthen our bonds.

Living consciously and purposefully is not always the easiest thing for us parents to do. Our daily-laugh-auto-pilot mode can be quite prevalent at times, as we all ‘do what we have to do’.

But sometimes it can do wonders just to take a step back to reflect on and re-evaluate what is most important to yourself and your family. ‘

Copen 'with the Kids: Simplify your family's happiness

Kate Monteath

As a former children’s host and now content manager for a leading family activity guide, Kate is back in DK with her backpack full to the brim with experiences. With her basecamp established in together with her husband and son, she is on the hectic journey of what is called parenthood. Follow her on @katemonteath

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