A very common thing for Rachel and I to hear from other women is, "How do you do it all? I don't know where you find the time!" or "You two are so organized. I wish I could be like that." Today I would like to take a few moments to answer those two questions by dispelling the long-standing myth that some women (the "elite") are just naturally blessed super-organizers while the rest of us are doomed to a lifetime of chaos and clutter. Did you notice I said "us"? That's because most people who know me (apart from immediate family) would be shocked to know that my natural tendency is to be lazy, messy and chaotic. My love for checklists and "to do" list printables does not spring from my natural ability to be organized, but out of necessity due to my lack of self discipline.
The end of another school year is upon us.
Whoot whoot! You can't see me, but I'm doing a happy dance in front of my computer. (Actually, it's probably a good thing you can't see me, because I can't dance.)
Mother's Day is pretty predictable here at the Beechy house. Every year, kids hide behind bedroom doors, giggling (or arguing) while they make homemade Mother's Day cards. They sneak away to hide their cards, leaving behind glue bottles, paper scraps and scissors, quite pleased with themselves for being so sneaky. Usually there is a hanging basket hiding in the garage. On Sunday morning, five grinning faces present me with homemade, misspelled cards and aforementioned hanging basket, so sure of themselves that they've really surprised Mom this time! Of course I act surprised with enough dramatic flair as to be nominated for the next Academy Awards Ceremony. And what a joy it is to thrill them with my surprise and delight over their precious gifts of love. How wonderful it is to be so loved and appreciated by those you hold so dear!
There are few things that get me as excited as holidays. I love finding simple ways to create family traditions during the holidays that will build lasting memories and make each holiday more meaningful. I see these times as great opportunities for affirming our faith and creating strong familial bonds.
Family traditions don't have to be expensive or elaborate. Sometimes it's the simplest things that our children look back on and remember with fondness. It can be a particular decoration, a special book, or a movie that you cuddle up and watch every holiday. How many of you remember these painted ceramic Christmas trees? My Grandma Grover made one and set it out every year at Christmas. Now, whenever I see one at a garage sale, I remember Christmas at Grandma's house.
This is Part III of the series Teaching our Children to Work. Click on the links to read Part I or Part II.
Have you heard of the Moore Formula? If not, I highly recommend doing a little research on Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore or reading one of their books, Better Late Than Early or The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook. They have some very interesting information on the effects of modern education methods.
This series shares some practical ways to teach children to work. Part I of this series, At What Age Should Work Begin?, can be found here.
In the last post, I shared some of the tremendous benefits of teaching children to work from a young age. To be fair, I suppose I should admit the drawbacks. (Sadly, there is rarely such a thing as a win-win situation in life.)
Here are my Top 5 Reasons NOT to Teach Children to Work:
At What Age Should Work Begin?
Teaching our children to work is a vital task that will last most of their childhood. There are so many facets to this, that I will be posting a three-part series on Teaching Our Children to Work, with several printables and charts for you to use.
The first question is when do we teach our children to work?
We are all given the same 24 hours in a day.
I've lost count of the number of times that I have said or thought, "I wish I had time for that." But when I really think about that statement, I realize that it just isn't true. The reality is that I have the time to do the things I prioritize and purpose myself to do.
With five kids between the ages of 3-16, it can be very challenging to monitor and asses appropriate screen time use for the various ages and needs of my family. Obviously, with a toddler and teenager under the same roof, a one-size-fits-all-approach won't work. It's something we have to constantly monitor and reevaluate and also requires a great deal of diligence on Mom and Dad's part to keep screen time use to a minimum. It's not easy. And we certainly are not as successful as we would like to be, but we feel it's one of the most important things we can do for our children. Why place such importance on limiting your child's (and teen's) screen time? Here are a few important reasons why:
Motherhood is a juggling act. We are teachers, secretaries, nutritionists, disciplers, janitors, chauffeurs, cooks, and a hundred other things, all in the same day. I have found that I can juggle more balls, so to speak, if I keep myself organized and my priorities straight with a Weekly To Do list. I've used various systems in the past, but currently use a simple one that is available at the bottom of this post as a download.
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