If you're like most people, you start a list of resolutions at the start of the new year. Some people don't like using the term "resolutions" because of the high rate of failure associated with them. So instead, people set some goals to accomplish in the new year. Or perhaps commit to have a better attitude about different areas in their life. No matter the approach, I think the majority of us see a new year and think of all the new possibilites that await us during the next 12 months.
I love new years. I love Mondays. I love mornings. All of these things signal a new start, a do-over, another chance, a better day. So, in planning for my new year, I opened my new Passion Planner to start thinking about what I wanted to accomplish this year. I started to plan my road map and thinking about the different areas I want to improve in my life. Of course, my business and my health goals took top priority. But then I started thinking about all areas in my life and realized that I could improve on my relationship with my son.
Be present more (get off your phone!)
Play more (say yes to his invitations!)
Improve our diet (say no to processed food!)
Keep the house organized (be ready for play friends!)
What about you? Did you make some goals for you and your family? Perhaps you want to connect more with your children. In our busy lives, sometimes we have to actually schedule in the time to put down our devices and be present with our kids. Does putting away your phone sound overwhelming? When you get home from work, are you just too exhausted to think about play time? Do you have the time but maybe can't think of activities to do? I hear this a lot from parents with infants. How do you come up with activities?
I have the perfect activity for you to do. Massage! Massage is a simple, yet powerful tool to have at your fingertips. Massage has been shown to decrease stress in both the giver and receiver and it doesn't take very long to see these changes. Massage feels good and relieves pain and discomfort in the receiver. In infant massage, there is an increase in sensory awareness. Baby feels the massage while hearing your voice and seeing you and smelling you. Your whole family can participate. You can include stories and songs to keep your child entertained. Massage is an amazing!
Come learn how to massage your baby at one of my classes. The next class is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9-10am at the Birth Haven Birth Center in Gilbert. See my website or Facebook page for more details on this event or other classes.