Taking A Time Out

Fall is here and the weather is getting just a little bit more manageable.  As we look ahead at the next few months I am sure we are thinking about all the things we need to do.  Today I want us all to take a breath and look at our partners or spouse, children or teenagers and say I love you, and I appreciate you.  In the craziness of the day or the week or the month itís important to take some time to let the people in our lives know how much we care about them.   Take a time out.  Whether its 5 minutes a day, 30 minutes every other day or an hour a week we should make time to spend with our families. 

I know with all that is in our lives we can get caught up in a routine or be stressed about meeting our deadlines, but taking some time to ask your kids or spouse/partner  more than just how was your day can have a huge impact on your relationships.  Take a time out.  Try dinner or breakfast today without television, text, facebook or phones and see what a difference it makes in the day or week.  Allowing time to just sit or talk about anything gives meaning to a conversation in a whole different way and lets our families know that they are special and what they have to say is important.

Today ask yourself, what can I do differently to let my spouse, partner, child or teenager know I appreciate them? And, how do I want to spend some quality time with them? 

Have fun with your families and be creative. 

Monica Burton, LMFT