Welcome back to The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom Challenge. You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*.
On Day #5 today, we’re going to take a look at some of our most precious charges… our kids. Depending on where you are at in your parenting journey, your goals here will probably look completely different than mine. I have two little kids in the home, but you might have older ones or twice as many!
Now’s the time to take a look at each child and decide what they need from YOU this year. It can be a new skill that needs to be taught or enforced (making his own bed in the morning) or it might be something on YOUR end that you haven’t been making time for (reading to him daily, taking him to the park, etc.). Of course, if you have older ones it might be something like making sure your teen gets enough study time in or enforcing the x-box time limit rules.
You know what your kids’ needs and temptations are. Now’s the time to BE THE MOM and formulate an efficient plan of attack for getting things done well. Here are my kid-by-kid goals for this next year.
As a Mother to Gabriel (3 years old) —Mostly the left-over goals from my Homemade Toddler Curriculum
- Continue teaching catechism, good music & Bible verses
- Read with him daily (read about how I organize our reading time *here*)
- Help him learn to trace and color within the lines
- Teach him how to put letter sounds together (if he’s up for it) (read about my toddler teaching philosophy *here*)
- Teach him to dress/undress by himself
- Finish up potty-training (he’s 90% of the way there!)
- Teach him to count and recognize numbers up to 20
- Teach him to play alone in his room for 30 minutes at a time
- Teach him to make his bed
- Continue to enforce Yes, mams/sirs and quick obedience skills
- Take him to the park more often
As a Mother to Matthias (1 year in November)
- Teach that (sometimes too-content) boy to crawl and later walk!
- Teach him to be more comfortable with Grandparents and other good friends (he’s a bit on the clingy, insecure side)
- Teach him to sleep through the night
- Teach him basic sign language for early communication
- Gradually ease into teaching him to eat what the rest of the family is eating
- Begin potty-training awareness skills (mentioned at the end of *this* article)
- Treasure each ‘little baby’ moment
Also, as a bit of a bonus…
As a Mother to My NEXT Child (No, I’m NOT pregnant, just planning ahead)
- Keep exercising regularly (especially ab workouts!) and eat well to stay healthy
- Start stocking the freezer with frozen meals so my family can eat well throughout my queasy first trimester
- Tackle any large organization projects before I get pregnant (and enjoy that wine cooler in the evenings while I can!)
I’d love to hear about what your goals are for your children this year! Thanks for reading! You can find Day #6 here!
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