Thinking about the balance issue
this weekend, I read over each and every one of your brilliant suggestions and decided to compile a list of different areas of my life that needed attention daily to help me feel balanced and grounded. These areas were: physical, creative, outdoors, cleaning/organization, spiritual, and educational (this could just be catching up on articles in The New Yorker, This American Life episodes while cleaning or reading a good book). After making my own personal list to review every day, it occurred to me that Henry needed most of these things too so I made a revised version for us both to review on his chalkboard and plan out our days accordingly.
I had read once that every child needed creative play and free outdoors play everyday. This is something I try to do anyway with him and then simply added a few more categories. So far he and I have both loved addressing our daily goals and it really helped me feel grounded and fulfilled at the end of the day.
Thank you all again for your thoughtful comments and the several sweet emails. You are all so inspiring, smart and supportive. When I grow up, I want to be just like you 😉