Whose life isn’t hectic? To relieve the stress, I tried something new with Rachel last night. We sat down at dinner with our calendars (hers is a school-mandated agenda with homework assignments). Dinner discussion was about “tomorrow”. We even went so far as to talk about appropriate clothes for the next day’s activities.

After dinner, we were relaxed. This morning, getting dressed was easy. Stress just disappeared. Dinner was the perfect time for Rach and I to talk through our plans for the next day.

I doubt the idea scales to larger families. And it may not even be managable for the longer term with just us. I’m giving it a try, though and will keep you posted.