24 Mar Creating Balance
To move my family forward this year, I am helping them create more balance in their lives. My son is a sophomore in high school and under a lot of pressure to perform academically in anticipation of college. Add to it, daily sports practice, three games per week, and community service, and there is little time for anything else. For my daughter who is thirteen, she is in her last semester of middle school and of course, friendships are at the top of her list.
For my daughter, fitting in with her peers is the focus of her life. I try to help her feel more confident any way I can. Recently, she started Invisalign® treatment to straighten her teeth. It was really important to me that she feel good about herself and move forward toward a better smile while smiling all the way through her treatment. Some of her friends with metal braces never smile anymore because they are so self-conscious of their braces. But, my daughter can smile without worry – she removes her Invsialign aligners every time she eats, so she never has food stuck in her aligners. Plus, I notice as her teeth shift into place, she is taking more pride in her smile and even brushing and flossing more. Opting for Invisalign clear aligners over traditional metal braces has brought balance to her life because it allows her to focus on what is important to her like friendships and school. It gives her the self confidence that her smile always looks great all the while straightening her teeth.
More Down Time
For my son, he has a very hectic schedule. On the weekends, I let him sleep in so he can rest from his busy week. As parents of high schoolers, sometimes we overschedule our kids by planning five activities on top of homework every weekend. But, giving them time to recover and rest is just as important as having them work hard. It gives their life a sense of balance and keeps them feeling healthy and strong.
When you have teenagers, it’s easy to fall into the habit of everyone going in their own direction. But, family time is important for teens. They need to feel their parents are there to listen to them, encourage them, and enjoy their company. My daughter loves to dance hip hop and street jazz. So, on Sundays, we take a dance class together. My son loves to watch basketball and football so I will go to a game with him or watch it on TV.
Balance is achieved by taking time out of our busy schedules to enjoy our teens and find ways to connect with them. Striving for family balance is a great way to keep my family moving forward.