May I assume correctly that all families have their ‘happy place’? A place they can go that really levels the family, ‘cleanses the palette’, gets everyone back to ground zero?
It may be your favourite beach spot, it might be a song or video. Perhaps it’s a craft activity or watching old family movies.
Most importantly, I think the happy place MUST be somewhere you can get to at the drop of a hat. Not the annual Christmas holiday spot. You’ve got to be able to ENGINEER happy anytime you need it right?
Recently I was talking to my dear client Michael Grose of parentingideas.com.au and I mentioned we were heading to our ‘happy place’. He asked me more about this and loved the idea which he then turned into a blog post and Facebook update!
Our happy place is Edithvale beach in Melbourne. We also have a tradition we call Friday Night Family Dancing! Each person gets a turn DJing (choosing 1 song) and everyone dances. It drags even the most stubborn of our 3 kids (and mum/dad!) out of any mood and onto the lounge room floor, bouncing off the couches and standing on the ‘poof’ as a podium!
Our 5 happy places:
- Edithvale Beach, Melbourne
- Our lounge room, dancing on Friday night
- Out the back, kids on the trampoline, parents with a cuppa and the paper at the outside dining table, dog running between the two
- Ruffey Lake park where you can roll down the hills, watch the ducks, take the dog off-leash
- At the dining table, full of craft including pipe cleaners (sorry, these days they are called chenille rods?!), paper dolls, paints, stamps and a scissor set with all sorts of different cutting shapes.
Where is your family happy place?