Mothering Matters Monday

Getting Organized this Summer:
In your home and homeschool
Mothering Matters Monday
As mothers, we have such an impact on our children and their future. Our words can be positive and build them up, or our words can be used to tear them down. Choose your words carefully. Don’t be careless with them. Many of us carry around so much emotional baggage from how others have talked to us. Let’s not pass on this negativity to our children. Let’s not make it a burden for them. We can impact an entire generation with positive words.
Sometimes we forget the power of a mother’s words to her children. Negative words can cut to the core of the spirit of your child. We need to lovingly correct and discipline our children. We also need to find opportunities to build our children up when they are doing something right. When you see your child do something good, especially if it is something he or she has been working on, be sure to acknowledge it. It will light their world up. Think about how you feel when someone sincerely thanks you for something. That is what you need to do for your children when they do something helpful. My children love to bless me by doing things for me. I always give them my heartfelt thanks when they do things to help me and surprise me. It’s fun to reward them with an activity that they want to do along with my thank you.
Recently, I talked to someone whose mother never had anything positive to say to her. It was something that really hurt my friend, and as we talked, I could tell how much she wanted her mother’s praise for what she was doing right. She was well aware of where her failings were. She did not need them pointed out to her. She talked about how she could never live up to her mother’s expectations (perfectionism), and how defeated it made her feel. Ladies, let’s purpose to not do this to our treasures. It doesn’t matter if you children are young, teenagers, or adults. Find positive things to say to them. Build them up. Don’t tear them down.
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Set your timer for 15 minutes for the Home Assignment and 15 minutes for the School Assignment

Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.
Weekly Home Blessing Hour:
(Even during the school year, I do the Weekly Home Blessing Hour on Monday mornings with my children.)

7 Parts of the Weekly Home Blessing Hour from The FlyLady:

  • Quick Dust
  • Sweep/Mop
  • Purge Magazines or Paper Clutter
  • Change Bedding
  • Empty Trash
  • Clean Windows/Mirrors
  • Vacuum
 School:
  • Do you have everything ready to start school, or have you started school?
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water
  • Zone Focus: Bathrooms – Clean out under the bathroom cabinet. If you have more than one bathroom, ask your children to help you and do them all at one time.
Family Fun: Plan a water activity.
Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.) 
  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Lay anything out that you will need first thing in the morning
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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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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