Motivation for You and Your Children

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
August is the month that many of us start back to homeschool with our children. Some days it’s hard to find our motivation to motivate our kids. They hear us, and they see our body language. They know our moods. So let’s purpose this year to find JOY in our days.
When our days start out with whining children and a tired mama, it’s hard to find joy. It’s hard to get motivated. When you are getting ready for bed at night that is the time to start thinking and praying for the next day. We need energy, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, joy, and more.
Take care of your evening routine. That is the one thing that will help you start your day off on the right foot, and it will save you time right off the bat when your kitchen sink is clean and your clothes are laid out and ready to go.
Set your coffee pot up the night before, and you will have coffee as soon as you get up. This is my next favorite thing after waking up and seeing my shiny sink.
If your summer schedule has been loose, you can expect some resistance to begin with as you transition into your school schedule. Make sure everyone is getting to bed at a decent hour the night before. Establish boundaries for games and electronics.
Encourage routines and school schedule adherence through rewards and fun activities. What do your children enjoy doing? Use this as the carrot at the end of the stick to motivate them to do their morning routine and school work without dawdling or whining.
Keep doing your basic routines. Don’t stop decluttering or doing laundry. You might have to find different places in your day to do these things, but these two routines help you keep chaos at bay, and that makes your homeschool day go better.
If you have little ones and struggle with everything, involve them in your routines as much as possible. Give them something to do near you as you fold laundry or do the dishes. Have play areas set up for them during your school day.
All summer, I have given you tips and strategies to take care of yourself and your home. It’s time to use these tips as you start your school year.
Your Zone Mission today is to declutter leftovers from the fridge and wipe the shelves.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is soup and sandwiches with a salad.
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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