The Family Happy Place

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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:

  1. Edithvale Beach, Melbourne
  2. Our lounge room, dancing on Friday night
  3. Out the back, kids on the trampoline, parents with a cuppa and the paper at the outside dining table, dog running between the two
  4. Ruffey Lake park where you can roll down the hills, watch the ducks, take the dog off-leash
  5. 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?


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