Finding balance in a chaotic world

Archive for April, 2008

Kid’s Birthday Parties

Birthday cakeSo my son will be turning three at the end of the month and we are in full swing planning his birthday.

Traditionally, we have parties at home because we are old-fashioned that way. My wife and I remember playing the silly games like whistling with a mouth full of crackers or pin the tail on the donkey, and we want to make sure our kids have the same memories.

So Piers is having a trucks and digger party and my wife is just amazing at coming up with games and decorations, it will be a lot of fun. With our older child, Hope, we kind of backed into a rule where she invites as many people to her party as she is years old. When she turned three was the first time she wanted to have friends over and she invited three, the next year she just assumed she could invite only four kids and we just agreed with her. It has acutally turned out to be a perfect match as the number of children at the house is controllable and Hope still has the freedom to choose who she wants at her party. I figure the parents of the other children in her Kindergarten class appreciate it too as that is one less party they have to attend (except of course for the ones Hope invites).

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What is Balance in All Things?

Balance in all things?

Is this a yoga site? How about a gymnastics site?

Nope, sorry. It is simply a blog to discuss the changes in my life as I try to better balance all of the conflicting elements that vie for my precious time. I am hopeful that I can hear from you as you talk about the best ways you have found to keep your life in balance.

We all have so many facets to our lives these days: financial, physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational. Each one of these pulls at us with certain needs and looks to gain a monopoly on the one commodity we cannot make more of: time. Each of these facets are interrelated and when one gains dominance, the others wane causing imbalance in our lives and additional stress that we just don’t need. For example, a recent study showed that people who sleep less than seven hours at night are more likely to be overweight.

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