While my daughters were at school yesterday morning, I found out something that I knew would be disappointing to my nine-year-old. It was a minor issue, but I felt she might need a bit of cheering up when she arrived home.
Thankfully I had a few small items hidden away for such an occasion. Rather than just giving her something, I decided that a treasure hunt was in order. I made up four clues, wrote them on 3×5 cards and placed them strategically around the house. I also attached a treat to each of the clue cards (i.e. a piece of gum, a new pen). The gift was in the final location.
It wasn’t a big deal, didn’t take a lot of time nor did it cost much money. In fact, I probably had as much fun putting it together as she did finding the prize.
We all have days when a dose of encouragement is needed. Often just a small thoughtfulness can brighten a family member’s day. I’m planning to have a designated place (out of view!) where I can keep little gifts to use – not only for my children, but for my husband as well!
Do you have a special way to encourage a loved one who’s had a rough day? I’d enjoy hearing about it!
Find more tips and helpful ideas at Works for Me Wednesday hosted by We Are THAT Family.