Jennifer Daily, LICSW Updates

One of the things that it's very important for everyone to have is a routine. Today we talk about figuring out what our rhythm is, and then using our rhythm to determine what our routine should be.

Do you need a looooong time to be awake and ready in the morning, or do you jump out of bed ready to go? Are you more likely to be awake and ready to work in the afternoon? Thinking about what your natural rhythm is can help you determine a routine for your daily activities, especially when we don't have as much to do.

It's important to make sure that our routines honor or natural rhythm, or we won't stick to them!

There are three essential strategies for raising emotionally healthy kids. These work for parents, teachers, therapists, and all other kinds of caretakers.

  1. Break the reaction cycle. Instead of reacting right away, we want to create a response cycle.

  2. Interrupt circular conversations. If we are having the same fight all the time, we aren't actually communicating. We need to look at both the foundational argument and the emotional needs being communicated.

  3. Consider being a future forward parent. Think about what kind of grandchildren you want to have. The things you model and create today will be the foundations for the relationships that you have with your family in the future.

Let's keep these in mind when we are communicating with our families, and see if we can all be a little bit more emotionally healthy!

Chores can be HARD!!

No one wants to live in a mess... but at the same time, putting in the energy to clean up our space can just be a lot. Cleaning is something we have to do, and we should do, but very few people like to clean.

Today we talk about age appropriate chores, and some games that our friends like to play that make cleaning up just a little more fun!