Families are such blessings but with hectic schedules and to-do lists it seems like we can all forget to realize what’s important, especially around the holidays when we’re stressed about buying gifts, checking the lists and making sure the decorations are perfect. Except, the holiday isn’t about all this other stuff, it’s about family and lately I’ve had to remind myself of this simply because I’m so busy.

I’ve caught myself raising my voice or being short with the children all because of my own stress level and this isn’t fair. It’s not fair to me or to the children but I think we all do it from time-to-time so I’m trying not to beat myself up about it but instead live by my mantra, the little chant I say over-and-over to myself and to my children. It’s really rather simple and sets the tone for everything or at least it should.

Be Kind.

I tell my children, be kind to each other.

I ask them, was that a very kind way of saying that?

Just this morning in the van on the way to school my daughter snapped at my son and I heard him saying, “That was not very kind.” I smiled and said softly, be kind Josie.

Be Kind.

I say this to myself often to help set the tone for how families and people should treat one another. You’re often not as nice to those close to you but this is backwards. Our families, they are blessings each every member is blessing and we should treat them as such. So be kind and when you’re busy this holiday season and stressed don’t snap, raise your voice or lose your cool…be kind.

Mercy recognizes the stress we put on ourselves and our families over the holidays. They want to remind us that ‘Our greatest blessing is to see others blessed.’ One way we can do this is to pause, list our blessings, and share them with others. Let’s count our blessings together atwww.ourblessingscount.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mercy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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