The kids get sick and then what? Lots of laundry, cleaning, disinfecting, snuggling, and oh yeah, what can we feed them? Every Mom goes through it and at some point, every Mom will ask it. Maybe you already know this, but for all you out there that don’t, I thought I would share some awesome advice I got when my kiddos were little. It is as simple as remembering B.R.A.T.
Starting today, every Wednesday through January we will be digging into God’s Word. On the agenda for today, finding time. It amazes me how we are able to find time for T.V and trips to the store to buy lots of things we really don’t need, but when it comes to spending time in God’s word, we somehow come back with saying there just is not enough time in the day to make it happen. Don’t think I am not guilty of this, because I sure am. So how can we go from excuses to habit?
The strangest, coolest, most awesome experience happened to us, the boys and I, around mid December. Something that gave us learning and enjoyment, in the most unexpected way. We had not started school yet. In fact, I was still in my pjs and bathrobe, on my computer preparing for our school day. I hear from downstairs “Mom, come quick!”. I rush down the stairs to get the story quickly retold by two kids at once.
Scheduling is a hard topic for me, since I really do not like schedules very much. I would rather go with the flow and see where things lead, but I know that does not work for us as a family. When I do this, the housework doesn’t get done and school takes a back burner to my desires at the time. To keep from letting things slip, we have to have some sort of schedule. Not so much a schedule, but a routine.
New posts are a welcome sight from other blogs I subscribe to. Even more so, when I know what will be coming. I love looking forward to all the different series that are heading around the corner. Since I love looking forward, I thought I would give you the same excitement and share some of our up-coming posts and series for the month of January.
With a new year comes self-reflection and motivation to change. Our blog is no different. Even though we have only been around a short while, the new year gives us motivation to press forward and set goals. What are those goals? How do you fit into this? Read on and find out!
Our biggest challenge as parents has to be get our whole family on board with chores. No one likes doing chores, but by working together as a family, we are able to accomplish a lot more in less time. This of course leaves more time for play, and everyone likes that. By focusing on all the benefits of getting the kids involved in chores, we are able to not only expect their help, but show them why their help is go beneficial to them and us as a family. What do I mean by focusing on these benefits? What I mean is that when your child starts to give you attitude about helping with the housework we are able to pull out of our hat one of these benefits. We are able to talk about how important it is for them to help and why. Kids LOVE to have their why questions answered, and by talking to them about these benefits we are able to give them those answers. What are these benefits to the kids we are talking about?
Every year I try to head out shopping the day after Christmas to stock up on wrapping paper, decorations, and all that yummy food I can get half off. This year was no exception. The kids went with me this year since hubby had to work. I promised the kids that I would take them to the newly opened frozen yogurt shop afterwards, if they behaved. I figured that would be the trick to getting the shopping done and still enjoying this Christmas season. Apparently, I was wrong.
No matter how young or old you are, chores are just not fun. I do not know of anyone that cheers when they hear it is chore time, but the reality is that they do need to get done. With a family our size it takes everyone getting involved to help keep our house in order, or at least look presentable. Now this post is not about how to get your kids to do their chores. We can get into that another day. This is about why it is important to get your kids doing chores and how we can get past the dread of chores ourselves, so we can teach our kids.
Every year on Christmas Eve, after church, dinner, presents, and story reading, the kids all gather around the computer while we track Santa. Yes, I did say track Santa. We are able to see where in the world he is, live. This is an amazing motivator for the kids to get moving to bed much quicker. Which helps us parents out a TON with all that bottled up energy they seem to gather late on Christmas Eve.