The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day 5


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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9 thoughts on “The ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Mom 3-Week Challenge ~Day 5

  1. amy says:

    On #3 you know we all breathed in a breath of joy and happiness that was quickly deflated to an “oh”. Ha!

    • Haha. Yes, I was afraid that might happen. We really enjoyed our other two being two years apart. If God sees to bless us similarly this next time around, it’s not too soon to start planning ahead! Thanks for reading, Amy!

  2. Valerie says:

    It was nice to read through your goals, Kelsey! I think it’s great to have it all out there for you to be able to review and update as needed. 🙂
    I see that you are doing/will be doing sign language? We have LOVED signing with both our boys. Helped with communication immensely! 😀

    • Yes! Today was actually a really exciting day for us in that department, since Matthias signed his very first word! I love reaping the fruits of many months of labor. 😉 Thanks for reading and commenting, Valerie!

  3. We also used ASL with my toddler, she’s 2 now and has switched to actually speaking but she still signs sometimes. It’s a great way to avoid tantrums especially when they are still unable to talk.
    Found you at Valerie’s Blast from the Past. 🙂

  4. Gin says:

    just started reading today going back and reading all the previous days. Thanks for walking us through this I only have 1 “little” but she’s enough to make me feel pretty chaotic most days.

    • You’re welcome! I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. It’s amazing how kids have the capability of turning our lives upside down! Haha. Glad you’re along for the ride!

  5. Stephanie C. says:

    I realize this may be a little dated, but I am obsessed with your blog. I have two kids (both girls) who are 8 and 4. I work 2 jobs (half time in office, half time from home), have several side money-making ventures including doing laundry for friends/family members to earn enough money to pay for my spending money. I am on the PTA board and will be PTA president next year. I’m bipolar and have a bit of a hard time finding organization techniques that will work during all of my moods, and tend to start way too many projects/hobbies just to become overwhelmed and not finish any of them, not knowing how to start again. My husband and I are slowly transitioning me out of the work force to be a stay at home mom, and conceive our next bundle of joy within the next year (if all goes according to plan, which of course it never does 😛 ). Part of that has been finding out where we can cut back on groceries, household shopping, and small expenses. We did the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University to work on our budgeting system, which encouraged me to start my own Budget Binder. I’ve been researching blogs like crazy, trying to find out how other moms make it work, and yours is the one I relate to the best. You seem very well organized, and it gives me hope for how to make it all work.

    Thank you for writing this blog. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am to have found it.

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