Most days we have a morning meeting over breakfast.
It’s pretty simple: we start with what day it is and how everyone is feeling; we’ll each talk about what we have on our mind and what we would like to accomplish during the day or week.
Monday morning, I gave the kids a challenge for the week ahead:
I wasn’t sure how well it would catch on, but I didn’t want to harp on it, so I decided to change the way I ask them to do things around the house throughout the day. Instead of saying, “Max, can you watch Langston for a minute while I fix your brother a snack,” I would start with, “Max I need your help.” Instead of asking Marlowe to pick the books up off the floor, I started saying, “Marlowe, can you please help me”.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, but the boys have been absolutely amazing. So amazing, actually, that I’ve decided to give myself the same challenge.
For the past week, I’ve been overwhelmed with many different calls to action, both on a political and a community level…so many things to get involved with, so many organizations doing great work in need of help. What if I just asked this question once a day? It doesn’t have to be a big. Can I devote 10 minutes a day to doing something that makes a difference? Can I make a phone call to my representatives? Can I attend a meeting? Can I volunteer? Can I make a donation to an organization? Can I offer someone help? Can I add canned food to my grocery list? Can I assemble a care package? Or maybe I can spend 10 minutes informing myself about a local candidate or cause?
Hopefully, this is a new habit for our whole family, myself included.