And definitely Wiggle while you Welcome People to your home.
Don’t forget the traditional After Dinner Family Waddle. Bundle everyone up and drag them outside. Once or twice around the block should do it. Wigglewhile you Waddle! Help your body digest. Get your blood flowing. Move that lymph. When you get back inside, have a glass of water before you do anything else. Toast to everyone’s good health in the coming year. That will be a lot of positive energy in one place.
Inclement weather? No problem! Set up the Traditional Obstacle Course around your home and have everyone go through it.
Time them! Compete as individuals, as families, as age groups, as cross-generational teams. Don’t forget to use your laugh muscles. Winners get dibs on dessert.
What? These are not part of your traditions?
No problem. It’s never too late to set up a tradition in the Wiggle Realm.
Not a observer of holidays? No problem. I repeat, it’s never too late to set up a tradition in the Wiggle Realm. Wiggle your way to better health.
To avoid Over-Use Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tennis Elbow, switch it up. I just moved my mouse and mouse pad to the other side of the computer. This feels as awkward as trying to copy words from a mirror image using your non-dominant hand. It slows me down, but in the 3 days since I’ve started, I see improvement already.
I still habitually wave my other hand over the former mouse location. To a casual observer, it looks like I’m casting a spell on the only empty spot on my desk. I can’t quite bring myself to put anything there. Someday I will switch back, but probably not until Spring. Learning new skills grows new brain cells.
Speaking of Spring…
The Days Are Getting Longer!
Ever since December 21, 2014. Can you feel the light returning? I sure can. (It’s the Science Geek in me.)
Just thinking about it makes me want to Wiggle! C’mon, Wiggle With Me!
The woman cooed, “You have your daddy’s eyes.” The child wrenched her chin away, planted her fists on her hips, and declared, “I don’t have my daddy’s eyes. These are my eyes! I don’t look like a boy.”
Right before her wedding, my advice to the couple had been for the both of them to take a personality test to identify their differences, and then identify strategies for relating despite them. It had worked wonders for my marriage, and I wanted that type of happiness for the newlyweds.
When I was a teacher, there were two ways to end the class:
Teach until the bell rang, and have the kids scramble to get to their next class in 3 minutes; or
Stop a minute early and let them get ready to leave.
I was known to do both, depending on what I was teaching. But, on the days when we had a minute to spare, my students were charged with making me laugh. A good joke, especially a science joke, was their ticket out of my room before the bell. (That was actually frowned upon, but the kids never went too far because they were listening to the others jokes.)
But there were rules. (Of course there were rules. We were in school.) No profanity. Nothing derogatory, sexist, racists, blond-ist, etc. Here’s a few I jotted down in case I ever needed them.
The “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” philosophy does not work. It only serves to teach her that you don’t actually believe in the “Do As I Say” part. What you Say and Do ALWAYS matters. If she sees you living a lie, her trust in you suffers.
That, my friends, is the core of teen angst.
Happy Earth Day. What is my biggest potential impact on my planet? I’m sharing this with you, and you might be motivated to make a small change… and then you might inspire someone else to make a change.