By the time evening rolls around, we've had a full and exhausting day - and now starts "quality time" for the family. Building relationships, modeling personal qualities, creating an atmosphere of safety and love, establishing respect and boundaries, imbuing the home with spirituality and cherished values - these are the post-5pm tasks. Are you up for it? If not, consider taking a short break just before you will be greeting your loved ones. In that time, close your eyes and breathe slowly for 5 or 10 minutes (not if you're in the car driving of course...but you can park in your driveway and do this before entering the house). During this breathing time, think about the post-5pm tasks and imagine yourself doing them - really "see" yourself in action, dealing with the real challenges of family life. When you love what you see, watch another minute or so, then slowly open your eyes and try to live your movie in real time.
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