Dinner : : an exercise in everyday creating

Over the past few weeks we have been talking about what you need to live an authentic, creative and connected life.  You need tools – physical and emotional (looking for some creative tools? Look here).  You need time – it only needs to be 10-15 minutes in a day to focus on nothing but connecting with your child.  You need space – a creative area in your home and one in your heart, for your little one, but also for you as an adult separate from your role as parent.

When you break it down it doesn’t seem like much…but put it all together, and combine these things with a full-time job and all the other house and life related things and, well, it can start feeling overwhelming again.

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Instead of feeling paralyzed by these feelings, though, let’s focus on what we can do now.  Start with dinner.  It can be easy as that – just start with dinner!  Something you have to think about every day whether you work out of your home or are home with your kids – we all are faced with dinner at the end of the day.

Pull out a butter knife or a plastic serrated knife and have your child help cut vegetables (set them up at a space that is their level, like a kid’s table, so they remain safe and stable and you don’t have to worry about anyone slipping off a chair!)  Try a recipe you’ve never attempted or add a new ingredient to a tried and true meal.  Take a risk – it’s only dinner, and even if it doesn’t turn out how you expected, you can get creative again tomorrow!

Creating doesn’t have to be artistic.  You don’t have to be a whiz at the sewing machine, a staunch DIYer, or a scrapbook pro.  Sometimes, creating can just be dinner.

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