Today when I sat down to write a blog post, I realized I wasn’t feeling it. I have spent entirely too much of my energy today being the working mother of teenage girls and the wife of a tightly wound guy, but I live by the motto “Keep Your Day” so as much as I want to sit and watch HGTV and totally zone out and be grumpy, it’s not going to happen.
What does that mean?
In short, Keep Your Day means that despite the challenges you face, don’t let them ruin your entire day. When your teenage daughter isn’t using her undeveloped frontal lobe and making poor choices, instead of yelling at your younger daughter and losing it on your husband, take a deep breath. Think of that one thing that makes you smile no matter what and keep on truckin’.
Oh Madge, where did you get this amazing idea from?
I’ll be honest. It’s not mine. I learned this from my unbelievably talented cousin, Willow Sweeney of Top 20 Training. (Isn’t she gorgeous?!) For the last 15 years she has devoted her life to traveling around the globe instructing educators about social/emotional development. Whew, big words, right? The mission of Top 20 Training is to revolutionize education in America by helping students become more engaged in school and providing teachers with a new way of seeing themselves as relevant educators in the 21st century. Because it uses common language, easily understood concepts and practical tools for dealing with everyday situations and problems, Top 20 can have a profoundly positive effect on any relationship, personal and professional.
To get on board, grab their book Top 20 Teens. I read this book when my girls were very young and incorporated many of these concepts as they grew up. I’ve read it about 16 times since. It is a game changing way to think. For parents of young kiddos, Top 20 Parents for those of you raising the eight and under crowd. Both books are incredibly easy reads and worth every second you give them.
You’re worth it. Do this for you.