Thursday, May 6, 2010

Taking Time to Reconnect and Renew

This past weekend, John and I enjoyed a wonderful overnight trip to the nearby Hill Country town of Fredricksburg. The wildflowers were in full bloom and the recent rains have transformed the gently rolling countryside. We visited a local winery and enjoyed listening to the "Almost Patsy Cline Band", taking an occasional spin on the outside dance floor. After dining at a local restaurant, we enjoyed a night in a quaint little cabin overlooking a beautiful valley. This trip had it all – a peaceful setting to reconnect, time away from our obligations, short travel times, low costs, and just the right mix of enjoyable activities.

Taking time to reconnect as a couple or for self-care if one is single is of paramount importance in the midst of tending our numerous roles as parent, spouse, worker and volunteer. Best-selling author and psychologist John Rosemond says that one of the best gifts we can give our children is to focus on keeping our marriages strong. In the case of a single parent raising his or her children, the best gift the parent can give is to take good care of himself or herself. While this may be challenging to pull off, time spent away can help the single parent or the couple to relax and renew. In either case, the parents return to their families better able to offer the love, patience and attention kids need to grow and thrive.

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