Habits

On our journey in home education I learned habits formed at an early age make life so much better for us moms later. Not just school work, but for the family. Life is and can be exhausting with kids at home 24/7. Especially if you have more than 1 or 2 children at home and teaching more than 1 or 2 children at the same time… it can get pretty tricky!

My youngest, RyLee, by far has had the better parent/teacher than my first two. Although I wasn’t a terrible mom, things were different for RyLee’s beginning. *Ü* I was more relaxed and allowed her to explore and enjoy her surroundings before introducing curriculum.

(August 1996)

I began to teach her very early what was expected of her, especially while teaching the other two. If she was old enough to take a toy out, she put it back. We began habits about how to treat books and how to sit at her high chair or on my lap. Some days it seemed like constant interruptions but that’s what it was taking to train her how to behave for while I was busy with the other two.

I confess, it was downright exhausting sometimes and I only had 3 children! Here this little one wanted to be like the big kids and I was trying to get her quiet long enough and not take my attention away from them. This was their time with mom. RyLee was also the baby and had a serious case of “I’m the baby”. She loved attention!

It wasn’t easy having a 1, 2 or 3 year old at the table, but with time, she began to sit at her booster all by herself and play with Tanagrams and Cuisenaire rods while I worked with the other two (I do not recommend Cuisenaire rods for 1 and 2 year olds). She loved pudding finger painting and wooden puzzles and she love the Little People computer games! I also had her snuggle with us while I read aloud. The trick was keeping things all shaken up so she didn’t get bored. It didn’t take to long before she was only interrupting us to show what she accomplished and not for attention.

RyLee 1997

Other tasks or habits that have been a blessing in our household, has been chore charts. This chart I am linking we have used for years in our house. It has only been the last 2 or 3 we have not used it. My kids are much older now. You can save it and type in your chores and initial or name who does them. The kids then mark off what has been done after I check it. Our children had chores every morning and every after noon.

Look for chore chart.

I now use another chore program with RyLee. Shawn and Christian, my two oldest know what we expect. Clean up after yourself and help out with extra when asked.

I love this quote below:

“The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days.—Charlotte Mason”

Although our days were not always smooth and perfect at our house, I know when I have worked on forming good habits in my children those things have become easier. Not perfect, but easier.

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