a warm mug
We sometimes listen to a Christian radio station called the Candle. In the afternoons, they always have a "kid fact" of the day, an interesting bit of information. I have no idea where they get these kid facts, but today as we were driving home after picking Brooklyn up from school, we heard the kid fact of the day. This is not word for word, because I was driving and couldn't write it down, and couldn't find it online... but it said that when you have a warm mug of coffee or tea, or some other favorite drink, you're more likely to be friendly, patient, and generous.
I have to say, I think they're on to something. I know I feel happy, more friendly and probably more generous when I'm holding a steaming cup of comfort (coffee, tea, chai, hot chocolate, whatever).
It got me thinking. I should try this with my kids. My mom used to make friendship tea. I haven't had it in a long time, but I know I always loved it, and I think our kids would too. I think I'll make a batch tomorrow. On days when they're not getting along very well, maybe I'll hand them a warm mug of friendship tea and see if it helps!
Here's my mom's recipe:
2 c. Tang
3/4 c. instant tea
1 pkg. lemondade mix- with sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1tsp. ground cloves
Mix all ingredients together and store in an air-tight container. Put 1 heaping teaspoon in a mug and add hot water. Adjust to taste.
Ok, not the healthiest mix, but a little here and there won't hurt. Especially if it evokes friendliness and generosity! =)
(I've also heard this called Russian Tea.. it's the same thing, as far as I know.)