Excited to see what adventures await our family today. The hardest part of making memories with your family? Making plans and being flexible.
You have to make plans to make memories. Even if some of your family whines. KEEP GOING with your plan. 99% of the time they will enjoy themselves and maybe find something new that they like.
Some of the time the plans will change. That is okay too. Don’t let any hiccups in your plan get you down, just make changes. I know that is easy to say, but for some of you very hard to do. Personally, I shivered as I wrote the word plan down as I work best on the “fly”.
If you are a planner, get involved with the plans. Make sure your input is heard. Don’t just look for direction from others, if you need a plan.
If you are a spontaneous person, remember others aren’t. Sometimes our family members can get grumpy at a change in the plan. Understand they are built that way. They are not anti what you are doing, it just takes them awhile to catch up with the change in plans.
As a person who loves spontaneity, who married the plan-iest planner alive, I get frustration. What I have learned is to WAY over plan. Have lots of ideas with cost, time it will take to complete, directions, etc… all on a list on an app like Wunderlist or Evernote. Then share it with your spouse. They’ll know some of the ideas you are thinking about and be able to speak in to them.
If you have a plan laid out and something occurs to change it, remember that it might frustrate your planner. Take that in to consideration and be understanding.
Once you get to the point of understanding how your spouse is, if you have kids, you’ll start to see the similarities in your kids and be able to work with them too. If you know your spouse gets grumpy without eating, chances are one of your kids will too.
Now go make some memories!!! It doesn’t matter what you do today, just do something!!! Even if it’s visiting your local park. Make it happen. It might sound corny, but who cares!!
What I learned today…prepare, prepare, prepare and then be very understanding. We are all built different and when you feel irritated by someone you love 9 out of 10 times it’s just because you think differently. Not wrong or right, just different.