1. Create a “Smile File”—Stress is exhausting and can drain the joy out of life. Combat that by creating a file or box where family members can put pictures or notes about God’s many blessings. Look through it whenever your family feels overwhelmed or discouraged.
2. Focus on the Cross—Make this yummy snack as a reminder that Jesus defeated sin and death. Pinch together one and a half heat-and-serve breadsticks to form a cross. Sprinkle each cross with cinnamon and sugar. Grease a cookie sheet and bake the crosses for 10 minutes.
3. Lick Life’s Problems—When life gets crazy, it’s more important than ever to spend one-on-one time with each of your children. Venture out on inexpensive trips (long walks, ice cream outings) so kids feel special and can share their thoughts and feelings.