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A To-Do List for a Better Life

by Rebecca Eanes


Below is a list of intentions you can choose from as you create your own Better Life To-Do List.

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1. Notice one positive character quality about each loved one and speak it out loud today.

2. Show delight when my loved ones enter the room – when my children get up in the morning and when my husband gets home from work. Smile, greet them lovingly, and tell them I'm happy to see them.

3. Notice one positive behavior and commend my child for it.

4. Express appreciation for one thing that my spouse does today.

5. Spend at least 30 minutes on the floor playing with my child. Make sure the phone is not within reach and no distractions.

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6. Read aloud for at least 15 minutes while snuggled up on the couch.

7. Capture at least one miracle moment.

8. Speak at least one encouraging phrase to each child today.

9. Create a 30 minute time window for meaningful conversation, either at the breakfast or dinner table, before bed, or while taking a car ride. Listen.

10. Arrange a living room date with my spouse after the kids are in bed, complete with candles and soft music.

When I'm intentional about building bonds in this way, my entire family reaps the benefits. As I check off each box on my Better Life To-Do List, I gain not the satisfaction of a job well done but an inner peace and joy of a life well lived. What will you add to your to-do list today?

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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