September is to moms what January is to the general population. In January, most adults are thinking about how to plan out their year, get organized, take care of themselves and become a success. It’s pretty much the same for moms but OUR year begins a little earlier and it’s centered around those precious little people that live with us.
September marks the beginning of the next year of our children’s lives. We can’t help but think about how we’d like “family life” to look. It’s natural to yearn for order at this brand-spanking-new time of the year. I’m not talking about military school style order but, the kind that creates a blank canvas for your kids to learn and grow from. Whether your family tends to focus on structure, fun, creativity or learning, order will be a vehicle to help you achieve that quality.
Children thrive on consistency but, that doesn’t mean you can’t be spontaneous! As you begin to establish your school routine, think about your child’s basic needs and no, soccer is not a basic need. ; ) Build structure around meal times and bed times, they will be your biggest priority. Homework works best once it’s a habit and ok, soccer practice can work its way onto the list.
Beyond the above-mentioned, allow for free time that will be whimsical and adapt to you or your child’s day. Fun can be squeezed into two minutes here and twenty minutes there.
There are hundreds of books that can teach you how to organize your home, what I ask you to consider is this; What kind of home will nurture a healthy, happy child who learns to enjoy school, manage their emotions and handle childhood challenges? Imbue the order in your home with your answers and post them on your refrigerator for a focal point to help you begin each day.
For Order and Fun;
- Model Calm Responses today
- Make prepping dinner fun by including kids!
- Go for a family walk after homework