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Family Television Night

When my daughters were younger, we had TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) Nights. I believe that it was channel 7 that had TGIF nights. We would watch the shows that were appropriate for the girls (Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Boy Meets World), then we might pop in a movie.

Before we began watching television, we had a ritual.

First of all, the girls would bathe and get into their nighties. I would then comb out and braid their hair (making in pretty and wavy the next day), and do their finger and toe nails.

Then we would set up ‘beds’ for them on the living room floor, and I would take one of my pillows and a blanket down to the sofa.  The girls were allowed to fall asleep there on the floor, camping out all night. I sometimes slept on the sofa, sometimes went up to bed after they fell asleep.

I would make popcorn, giving them each their own cereal bowl full, and I would add a few M&M’s or chocolate chips into each bowl as a treat. I would also give them each a glass of juice or milk.

We would settle down to watch the shows, then choose a movie to watch. The girls loved this tradition, and so did I.

Shannon


Great Ways to Deal with Stress

I know that a lot of people have been feeling very stressed lately. I am no exception. I have been entirely too stressed out for just over a month now, and things do not seem to be getting better now that the holidays are over.

 I would simply like to offer up some ideas for how we can all destress this winter.

  • Take a long walk. Pay attention to nature, and work whatever is bothering you out in your head.

  • Take a long bath. Do not think of anything stressful.

  • Read. I have been doing this one a lot. Reading helps me to block out all random thoughts.

  • Watch mindless television. No, really, I am watching the Love Comes Softly series, as well as other movies when I can. It does help to relax.

  • Exercise.

  • Write. I like this one. Sometimes if I write things out, they become clearer. Sometimes, I have to write stories to forget about annoying issues.

  • Go out for coffee with a friend and talk things out. I wonder how many people that my best friend and I have traumatized at McDonald’s this year due to these outings.

Shannon

P.S. What is your best way to deal with stress? Let us know in the comments section below.

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