Lent begins today and some families will choose to give things up or add things, such as prayer or charity work, into their routines.
But it doesn’t have to be Lent or even related to religion for families to create their own 30-day challenges.
A mom friend was telling me that almost every month her family takes on individual challenges.
So for example, one month the mom challenged herself to do a 100 sit ups every day. Her sons have challenged themselves to eat vegetables every day or to make their beds every day or to ride their bikes every day. The dad gave up meat for a month and ended up staying vegetarian. Recently he’s trying to go 30 days without using a microwave. (I think that would actually be hard to do!)
I love the idea of the children choosing their own challenges and their own goals. I love that the family does it together, and that there’s always next month to try something new. I like that they are living so thoughtfully.
Our family is setting individual goals for Lent and I hope after the Lenten season we will continue with new challenges and goals.
Do you like the idea of your family setting their own 30-day challenges? Do you think your kids would want to play along? What do you think they would try first? What would you challenge yourself to do?
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania on ajc.com