I ‘m willing to bet you’re like me, and relationships with your kids matter more to you than just about anything else.

But we’re all pulled in a million directions. We’re all short on time.

You know what, though?

I think it’s easier than we think to focus on what matters most.

Today I am sharing 3 simple ways to strengthen your relationships with your kids this year. Not one of these is complicated, cumbersome, or expensive.

Because nurturing our relationships with our kids is within reach this year, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • 3 simple ways to focus on what matters most this year
  • how to get out of your own way
  • some wonderful resources that will make it easy for you to build meaningful connections with your family ⬅︎ (you want to hear about these)

Listener Guide

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  • 2:20 Kids before books
  • 4:02 Use small pockets of time
  • 6:45 Don’t limit yourself!
  • 7:39 Share an experience– what does that even mean?
  • 10:49 It’s allllll about connection
  • 12:10 Snowflake Bentley
  • 13:04 For Narnia and for Aslan!
  • 14:14 This author is like nobody else on earth
  • 15:19 All about service dogs
  • 17:02 Online workshops and more
  • 18:48 Don’t forget: 3 simple things (start today!)
  • 19:58 Let the Kids Speak

Links from this episode:

I walk you through using the Snowflake Bentley Family Book Club Guide here:

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Quotes to remember:

“You will not regret a single minute you spend nurturing your relationships with your kids no matter how old they are. Whether they’re babies or toddlers, grade schoolers, or teens, every single minute you spend nurturing your relationships with your kids is time well spent.” -Sarah Mackenzie

We want our kids to leave read-aloud time feeling seen and valued and loved. Whether we finish the story or not doesn’t matter nearly as much as connection with our kids during read-aloud time.” – Sarah Mackenzie

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Books from this episode:

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Episode 120
The Chronicles of Narnia
Strega Nona
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…)
A Single Shard
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale
Snowflake Bentley
Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka
Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland
Bee-Bim Bop!
Locomotive
Raising a Hero
Fin M’Coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill
Chester and Gus
The World According to Narnia

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