Today is my youngest son’s birthday, and I thought I would share an excerpt from my book, Giving Your Children Wings Without Losing Yours.
My house has not always been neat and tidy. I didn’t always have a menu plan, but we always had an abundance of love. What I found is that I can raise my children, and we learned a lot together. Instead of losing parts of myself, I am giving my children the skills they need as adults. I am giving them their wings to fly. My children are now 24 down to 8. I have raised two children who are young adults and love what they do. I helped them find their joy in life.
The biggest asset you have in blessing your home is teaching your children to love their home and bless it with you. I have raised, educated, and graduated two of our six children from our homeschool. Both of them are currently working full-time and running their own homes. Each of them has thanked me for teaching them how to care for a home and helping them to be prepared for adulthood.
Your perspective sets the tone for your home. If you have a positive perspective on life and the obstacles you face in life, you will be a much happier person. This means your husband will have a happier wife, and your children will have a happier mother. We have all heard the saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, no one is happy.” You can turn this around to, “If Mama is happy, everyone around her is happy, too.” A positive mood is contagious.
Do you view home keeping as a chore and drudgery? Is it something you have to endure? Is it something you ignore? Any of these perspectives will hold you back from receiving the blessings that come from having a clean and orderly home. Look at keeping order in your home as a blessing to you and to your family. Change a negative perspective and look for ways you can bless your family with a clean home.
A natural result of the amount of time we spend at home is that we work together to bless our home and keep it orderly. I start including them from young ages to help around the house. A two-year-old can fold washcloths and pick up things, especially toys they got out to play with. Teaching children in small steps to clean up behind themselves is a habit that they will carry with them. You want to do it in a positive way so they carry a positive attitude with them, too.
You have to let go of your perfectionism and let children learn; but, in the end, they can learn alongside you if you include them in everything you do. My goal has always been to raise my children to be independent, productive adults. I want them to achieve their dreams, and I give lots of opportunity for them to learn, make mistakes, make messes, clean up the messes, and grow.
My book is available on Amazon in print and for the Kindle.
Today’s Zone Mission is to go sofa diving.
Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.
My menu plan for Thursday is beef stroganoff for the boys and chicken and a salad for me.
Have a blessed day!
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