One of my resolutions is to treat myself like a toddler. I’ve found that much of the advice aimed at children is just as helpful for me.
For instance, I’m reading Nicole Malenfant’s Routines and Transitions: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals (non sequitur: a surprising name for a childhood expert). She lays out several strategies for teachers to use in establishing routines and transitions for children. I’m going to try to apply them to myself.
Here’s a tips list, loosely adapted:
It’s such a cliche to say that “I learned everything I need to know in kindergarten,” but I find that sometimes the most basic ideas are quite effective.
What would you add to this list? What lessons from nursery school?
Speaking of nursery school, I loved writing this piece about What classic picture books fill you with dread? for the New York Times Motherlode blog. For me, Swimmy, The Story about Ping, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. You?
It’s Word-of-Mouth Day, when I gently encourage (or, you might think, pester) you to spread the word about Happier at Home and The Happiness Project. You might:
– Link to a post on Twitter (follow me @gretchenrubin)
– Sign up for my free monthly newsletter
–Join the happiness discussion on Facebook
-Write an online review (readers really respect the views of other readers)
– Watch the one-minute book video, "Ten ways to be happier at home"
Thanks! I really appreciate the help. Word of mouth is the BEST.