Thank you to Cuties for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
2017 has been a crazy and beautiful year. While technically we became a family of four in 2016, this year taught us how to be a family of four. It’s rather a whole new world, balancing life with two kids. And unfortunately, it can leave you a little isolated.
Then the holiday season, which we spent winding down in the best way possible. We always celebrate the coziest time of year with family and friends. Everything is slower, more sentimental, and sweet. It seems like every chance we have to gather together is special. Hanging out in the kitchen over a snack of Cuties Clementines turns into juggling, swiping slices from each other, and silly faces.
I’m realizing that I don’t just need this kind of connection that time of year, but all year. We need people who understand our crazy, and share their own. We need times of together, and not just with our own little family. That’s why in 2018, I’m resolving to connect so much more with people we care about.
In some ways, it’s harder to make those connections when you have kids. There’s school, activities, and bedtimes; plus everyday errands and to-dos.
But in other ways, it’s easier. My kids love getting to know new people, and open up conversations with people when we’re out that I might otherwise not get to talk to. They bring sunshine into our lives, and others, in so many ways.
How are we looking to make connections happen this year?
- Do everyday things together. Sometimes it seems like you have to plan a well-organized event to make connection time happen. But that’s not always conducive to our real life situation. We are looking to fold laundry during play dates, run to the store together, and generally just do life together.
- Tell people what we love about them. I want to make it a point of sharing encouraging things with each other in our own family, and pass that on to others. It builds up my oldest so much when I tell him what he’s good at, and why he’s so special. I think it would help us feel so much more connected to others if we tell them those things too.
- Do something helpful for them. We went over to see a friend last week, and one of my kiddos was melting down while the other was begging to play longer. And then she said the most magical words – “He’s welcome to stay over for a few hours, so you can get some time to yourself.” Cue the Hallelujah Chorus! It was the sweetest thing, and meant so much. Which is why I want to incorporate a little more of that into my own life – offering to watch a friend’s child, or bring them a meal. It makes such a difference.
- Gather over food. Everyone has to eat! Again, sometimes I can stress, thinking only a special recipe at a certain time will do. But I realize that it’s much more realistic for us to simply make a little more of what we were already going to eat that night. Or invite friends over for a snack.
Speaking of food, Cuties are some of our favorite things to snack on and share. They’re seedless, easy to peel, and great for on the go. And they happen to be in season this time of year. They’re also doing a campaign called #100DaysofSunshine, encouraging people to brighten someone else’s day. (Again, perfect for this time of year, which can be difficult for so many.)
So in 2018, resolve to connect. Resolve to spend time with the people you care about, and to be present with them. And throw some Cuties into the mix for family fun and sunshine, any time of year.
What do you do to bring sunshine into the lives of the people you care about?