Children are meant to be who they are. I think this is the most important concept that we as parents can let sink in. We are not meant to control another person. We are not doing a job with the title “behavior management consultant.”
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I remember my childhood summers were often a combination of lots of TV watching and swimming. Sound familiar? I want something more for my family. My solution: a few activities throughout the summer that stimulate their brains in fun, engaging ways. The first activity last summer was a family-wide read-a-thon.
We knew she was often on social media, scrolling through the feeds of her friends and assessing how many likes their photos had compared to her own. So, as a family, we decided to establish when and where we could be on social media and how we would use it.
Looking back on my transition from working full-time to becoming a harried new mom and then eventually a seasoned household CEO, I’ve pinpointed some tactics that helped me through the hard years.
There is no bickering or arguing. There are no accusations of “You got to pick yesterday!” In a house with four boys, this tiny victory feels huge.
When you run into a challenge, do you ever wish you could “phone a friend” or call in a back up? See how one mother does just that.
There’s a common misconception that housework is terrible, mundane drudgery that needs to be accomplished as quickly as possible (or avoided at all costs) so we can move on to the “more important” things in life. I don’t love scrubbing bathtubs or mopping floors, necessarily, but here are a few experiences from my life that have helped me to see the meaning, joy, and purpose in the work required to sustain a family.
The fact of the matter is, you won’t get it all done. You will triage every evening. Some evenings you will choose dishes and laundry. Others you will choose your children. You will find how to make it work. Just remember to be kind to yourself–that you are good enough!
What do you do when you and your spouse disagree on how to handle discipline in your home?
Ah, September! It’s one of my favorite months of the year. Not only does September mark the coming of autumn, but it also means back to school. And back to school means back to schedules and routines–a welcome relief to mothers after the crazy, lazy days of summer. At The Power of Moms, we think […]
The magic of childhood. How do you make it last, respect it, and hold on to it? By observing, engaging, and nurturing our children’s imaginations, not only can we preserve the magic, we can participate in it.
Are you ready to get back into school routines? Check out the charts and morning, after-school and evening routines Saren’s family came up with.