When I was a new mom, people would ask me what I did all day at home. These days, people just don't ask! (They more often comment, "better you than me" or "you are crazy" or "I couldn't handle having my kids home with me all day") Well, it does take a little doin', lots of experimenting to find out what works and what doesn't and a ton of prayer. I still don't have it all down and there are some days when I just want to quit. (I just haven't figured out who to turn my resignation in to!) Anyway, here are some things that, at the moment, are working for us.
Our schedule. And, before you think I am mean for having one let me tell you that when we don't have one, the kids are begging me to make one. It is what keeps me just a tiny bit sane and allows me to accomplish a little bit each day. I am very open minded to how it's "working" and change it as needed. This one has been working pretty well for a couple of months now. (except that early bird is at 7:30- not 7:00)
Each of the kids have a piece of paper on a wall or door in their room that we use to write back and forth to each other.
We use these a lot for our music time. Alissa, Caleb, Andrew and Leah all have one.
When our day is more ordered and controlled, Matt's day is too! (talk about motivation!)
IEW experience to teach Caleb and Andrew how to write chapter summaries on the book I am reading to them before bed.
Just a little peek at how things go in the Currier home. I make so many mistakes and have days where I wish I could take back my bad attitude and harsh words. My "plan" is by no means perfected. I could easily prove that through pictures.... but I will not. I do have my pride! I am always learning and changing things that are clearly not working. I need to work on my meal planning. Cooking and anything food related is a huge stress right now. It is my next project. Then I'll tackle how to keep the kids' rooms clean and after that how to keep the bathroom clean- no easy task with all these boys! One thing at a time....
Above all I am thankful for God's grace. I start each day before the kids get up with time with Him. It is sweet and personal and just what I need to start my day off right. Trust me, I need Him- I couldn't do it alone!