Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Today we went to the Jondaryan Woolshed. It is a working museum just 15 mins from home. This week was the heritage festival so there was heaps of action. After reading a book that talked about sheep giving wool to make a blanket, it was the perfect time to go see the shearing at the woolshed. Both the boys were enthralled by shearing.
It was a fun day out with so much to see.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Just after this shot, Isaiah tried to take a step, left his gumboot stuck in the mud and was standing in the mud in his sock. I thought this was very funny but he was a little distressed about the mud on his feet. Of course, as I tried to take a photo of this, the batteries went flat.
Friday, August 20, 2010
"I have often met well-intentioned parents who think they must be harsh and demanding to their young children in order to secure their obedience and good behaviour and to build their characters. Too often, I'm afraid, they fall into the trap of simply lording it over their children rather than truly reaching their hearts.I'm not saying that obedience and behaviour and character aren't important. In fact, I think that teaching our children these qualities is essential. I believe, however, that Jesus showed us plainly the most effective way to do this: by modeling obedience and right behaviour and good character. And this requires us to do what Jesus did for his disciples - to lead our children not by telling them what to do, but by showing them.When we chose to graciously overlook our children's messes and accidents, we are teaching them to be patient and forgiving with the mistakes of others. When we react sensitively, thoughfully and patiently to them, we are helping to instill these quality in their lives. As they benefit from our unconditional love, they learn to extend it to others as well."
What are you working on??
Is there something you've read that has helped you in your parenting journey?
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Do you plan your week?? I have tried heaps of different ways to plan my weeks and days. I've had a day-to-a-page diary, daily dockets and a few other things but I find that my days aren't full enough for these to work for me. We have a general routine for our day so I don't really need a daily plan.
Now I am trying a weekly plan. The sections I have in my plan include
- weekly jobs
- weekly focus
Last Sunday I grabbed 30mins when all my boys (big and little) were playing outside to plan our week. I used a time that I could think clearly - without interruption -
- to look through my recipe books and plan the meals of the week
- to work out what activities we would choose to be involved in this week
- to work out what tasked needed to done when
- to think about what is important for us to focus on this week with training the kids - where are they at, what needs the most work etc.
This plan then went on the fridge for the week. I'm so glad I did it. It gave me stability in a busy week. When people ask me what I was doing or when I needed to think about dinner, all the thinking was done, I just checked the plan. It turned out that the weekly plan worked really well for us.
It doesn't mean that everything on there happens as per plan - life still happens and interrupts the plan but when we are wondering what is happening next we have a plan to go back to. I love it.
I am going to try and spend 30mins sometime over each weekend to plan for the coming week.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
But it does make for children with lots of energy and no outside play to help get rid of it. So yesterday I decided that races up and down the hallway, around the kitchen, lounge, dinning room were in order.
Friday, August 6, 2010
But this is the part that drives me crazy - all the pictures that end up on the fridge get pulled off or the magnets holding them get played with and the pictures all end up on the floor for me to trip over or the youngest one to rip and distroy. Aarrrgghhh. How could something that is so much fun and brings such joy in the making, end up being so frustrating.
Well, a couple of weeks ago it all got the better of me - most of our art ended up stacked in a pile on a desk. But I now had a plan - thanks to Ikea, I found a way to hang them up for everyone to enjoy, out of the way. We created our Hallway of Happiness.
It is a simple wire cable, that took my husband just two ad breaks to put up. Yes, thats right he did it in between watching Top Gear.
I love it because it is a happy place to walk past and Isaiah woke up in the morning and stated that it was 'COOL'. So we are happy all round - tidy, hanging art. When it gets full, I'll just remove one of the older ones to add the most recent creation.