Your children mimic you.

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

 

Dear Friends,
You are a role model for your children. If you are telling them to clean their rooms and make their beds, you have to be doing these things for yourself. You are with your children the most. You are the one who influences them. You are the one who teaches them life skills. This influence stems from what you do. You words carry weight with your children, but your actions carry more weight.
You will not be able to do everything perfectly. You will have days where it is hard to get your routines done, but you still need to do your daily routines even if you are doing them a later in the day. You can start your day over if you have not been able to get through your Morning Routine. If you are struggling with getting your Morning Routine finished by lunchtime on a regular basis, you need to look at what is derailing you.
The things that I typically see derail a Morning Routine are getting up later in the morning than your children, not having things laid out for the morning, getting up to a sink full of dirty dishes, or having illness in the house. This is not an exhaustive list. These are just the top things I have heard from ladies like you.
Start with your Before Bed Routine and really work at completing it each evening. I know you encounter road blocks there, too. Overcome those roadblocks! Start right after dinner. As you get this routine going well, start working with your children on their Before Bed Routine. You will be modeling it.
When you set your alarm for the next morning, set it for at least 15 minutes before your children normally get up. I set mine for 5:00 am every morning to accommodate my morning routine and exercise. When you get up in the morning, make your side of the bed immediately, even if your husband is still in the bed. I make my side of the bed as soon as my feet hit the floor. (He makes his side of the bed when he gets up as well.)
Get dressed as soon as you can after getting up. Have your coffee and morning quiet time. Quiet time is much quieter when the children are still in bed. I know that this is harder with nursing babies and toddlers who hear you get up and want to get up, too. Have something prepared for the toddler to sit with you and eat. Hopefully, that will give you a few minutes of quiet.
Are you swishing and swiping your bathroom daily? You have to model this behavior, too. If you assign swish and swipe to your children for their bathroom or the main bathroom, they need to see that it is important to you, and that you are swishing and swiping your bathroom daily.
If you want your children on board with routines, you have to do them, too.
Tell me how you are doing with your daily routines.
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter items from the fridge.

Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe your windows and mirrors.

My menu plan for Wednesday is taco soup.

Have a great day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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