Happy Thanksgiving! Avoid Unrealistic Expectations

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving day with your family and friends. God made us to be connected to people- so no matter what that looks like this year (In person, outside, Skype, FB, Duo, Zoom, etc.) I hope you take the time and make the effort to stay connected.

People do better when they are connected to people.

People do best when they are right with God.

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Homeschooling moms need adult interaction. Make sure you get some and give some this holiday. If you are constantly talking to your children, even when other adults are around, make an intentional time to talk to the adults!

Do you need some conversations starters?

  • How can I encourage you today?
  • You sound like you have had a difficult year. Tell me about it.
  • Your kids seem to be doing well. What’s your trick?
  • Wow! Your children are so active. How do you manage that?
  • This has certainly been an interesting year! How are you doing?

So how are you doing? I find that I have had the best holidays by following these rules for myself:

  • Keep quiet and let others talk!
  • Make sure you compliment the efforts that others have made to make the holiday special whether they traveled to get to the dinner, cooked the dinner, or contributed in some other way.
  • Do your share in helping to keep any children entertained. Moms with young children will certainly appreciate having the help: reading to children, playing with blocks, holding a baby, or even changing a diaper. Older moms will love it as well: play cards or chess, listen to the children talk about their school, projects, dance class, siblings or babysitting. Teens will want to talk about their accomplishments, hobbies and dreams, too. Most people are glad to share themselves with someone who loves and cares about them.
  • Don’t expect that people will voice their appreciation of YOU or compliment YOU.
  • Serve the needs of others.
  • Not everything will go well. Don’t have unrealistic expectations- there will be spills, someone will be late, someone may be rude, something may not taste exactly right.
  • If something doesn’t go right, move on. Don’t dwell on it.
  • Ask permission before offering opinions and advice. “I have some ideas about that. Would you be interested in hearing it?”

Be thankful for who you are with and the blessings of God has showered upon you this past year. We keep a “Blessing Book.” We have found that remembering God’s blessings at the end of every day keeps us grounded in the truth and reality of God’s care for us.

We recommend that YOU keep a blessing book too. Our goal is to write down 3 blessings per day. Some days there are lots more blessings to record!

Concentrate on the positive. I took a challenge to write down 50 Things That Make Me Happy. I thought it might be difficult but once I got started, it wasn’t! Will you take up the challenge? This might be a fun group activity to do with family this Thanksgiving.

Bonus and MUST READ article for this year: Don’t Buy Your Children Toys This Christmas!  This article talks about buying your children hours of fun instead of the usual toys. Great ideas!

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