It’s called a Family Mission, or a Family Mission Statement. Sometimes, people call it a Family Vision. Whatever the name, this is a parenting tool you just can’t live without. Especially if you, too, think that parenting is quite challenging – most of the time.
Are you cringing at the thought of keeping the house clean enough & tidy enough with all the kids at home all summer long? And for some of us blessed with a large family, did you ever wonder how you’re supposed to keep the house clean and tidy when you’re supervising a tribe of school-free kids AND a baby when you have literally no time, no maid or no money to hire help? Whatever your exact situation may be, dear friend, I can definitely relate.😞
So I gave it a thought of two. In my opinion, there’s a ton of options to keep the house clean enough and tidy enough this summer, even with kids at home. Let’s discover 7 of them:
Hello, moms! How is life going under the sun? If family vacation is on your summer roadmap this year, I’m sure you already gave a thought or two to the clothes and personal items you’re going to pack for the kids. But did you consider using a packing checklist? Let’s dive into this, ladies:
Summer is almost there!😎 Isn’t it exciting to finally enjoy more sun in the city? The countdown for the end of school is definitely in the air guys!! With that in mind, I started browsing Pinterest and I was drawn to simple, easy and unexpected ideas to enjoy super-fun activities with the whole family. So today I’m over excited to share with you my 5 favorites Pinterest picks to help you enjoy super-easy/fun-filled Summer activities!
Ready? Set. Go!
It’s the beginning of June. Everywhere I see kids excited by the incoming summer days and being off the school. I see moms wearing cotton dresses and sunglasses…families putting final touches to their vacation plan…and working moms planning the summer schedule for their kids. Wherever you live, your primary school-aged kids will probably have around 9 weeks off this summer.
Do you realize it’s almot 300 hours of non-school-time for the whole summer?
Hmm…. Am I the only one to cringe a tiny bit at this idea of facing 32 days of unstructured time with my sweet little tribe?
As I write this it is a bright and sunny day here in Dublin and I feel sooooo energized by this beautiful Spring Season. But now that my kids spend more time outdoors, the toys everywhere is their room and in my living room can not escape my attention anymore.
So with that in mind, I started browsing Pinterest and I was drawn to smart and unexpected ideas to organize toys and games. Take a look with me!
This post is a summary of a Parents’ Talk about Kids’ Chore System I had the pleasure to give a couple of weeks ago at my kids’ school here in Dublin. If you’d like to watch the presentation, it’s over here. (14 min.)
Do you know that one woman created a list of 149 real-life skills we should teach our kids from age 2 to age 18? From “help empty dishwasher” at age 4 (“Yeah, my kids do this one!!”) to “Check and fill all car fluids” at age 16 (“OMG I didn’t think about that one!”) my enthusiasm began to melt away as the list went on and on… until I reached the end of the list and was completely overwhelmed.
I don’t know for you, but without getting this far, I think the author has a point. Beside developing real life skills – yes, “putting dirty socks in the hamper” IS a real-life skill if you ask me 😉 – I can think of a least 5 good reasons our kids should contribute more at home:
It’s a Saturday morning and I’m not fully awake : sitting in my kitchen, snuggling a kiss in my 5 years old’s neck and sipping my usual decaf absentmindedly. As my too-hot decaf awakes me a little bit, I suddently notice several things : my boys are fully dressed, the breakfast table has been cleaned up, the dishwasher is empty. Then my oldest comes to me and says with a smile : “Mom, I just finished my homework for the weekend, can I begin my screen time please ?” I smile back to him, isn’t a perfect Saturday morning? God bless reward systems!!!