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Positive Parenting Solutions is helping me to meet my 2020 goal of growing in my parenting skills! Like most new(ish) parents, I feel completely ill equipped for to raise my kids to be kind, respectful, responsible humans!

This month marks FOUR YEARS since I first became a mom.

Isaac’s birth in April 2016 was the fulfillment of a big promise from God that He would make me a mom! In the following thirteen and a half months He also added Annslea (13 at the time) to our home, followed by Pippa’s birth in June 2017. I went from being a new mom trying to figure out newborn schedules, to also raising a teenager, then to two under two! Throw into the middle of that an unexpected international move, and it was quite a lot of change in a short amount of time!

Four years into mom life and I feel like I am finally catching my breath and figuring out some routines.

The littles are both out of cribs and out of diapers, Annslea has her drivers permit, and the reality of how quickly time passes is hitting me hard! I want to make the most of our time together!

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A few months ago I discovered the online course Positive Parenting Solutions. During this time under the shelter-in-place order, I have had time to watch the first two sections of the course. And it is amazing!!

Let’s be real for a minute. I have control issues. I want my kids to be well behaved and do what I say without question. This is reasonable, right? Apparently not from the perspective of my toddlers who confirm my belief in the sin nature of humanity on the daily.

The tools that I am learning from Positive Parenting Solutions are helping me to empower my kids to make good decisions. Decisions to become contributing members of the family (instead of simply leaving a path of destruction in their wake). I still have moments that I allow frustration to take over, but overall I am yelling so much less and our home is becoming much more peaceful!

If you would like to check out a FREE class from Positive Parenting Solutions, be sure to CLICK HERE to register for their webinar! I promise you will learn some valuable tools, and I will earn a small commission if you choose to purchase the full course! This is a great way to help support our family on missions!

Cleaning Routines in Quarantine

Quarantine has been the perfect time to create new routines for our family! And today I want to share our new cleaning routine!

With having the kids home All. The. Time. I found myself having a harder time than usual keeping the house clean. I have had “create a chore chart” on my to-do list for months, but never seem to have the time to actually sit down and do it.

Until now!

I have searched and searched over the years for the perfect cleaning checklist, but have never found anything that really fit the needs of my own life and family. So this week I created my own! I have revised it over the last several days until I think I have it perfect… at least for our family!

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I have created a daily, weekly, and monthly checklist that I now have taped on the inside of a kitchen cabinet. Throughout the day I check off what has been done! I love the feeling of accomplishment as I check of each item!

And let’s be honest. Not every task is checked off every day. But there is freedom in knowing that the task will be done the next day, next week, or next month!

I hope this cleaning routine checklist helps bring a little peace and order to this season of chaos in your own home. I know it has been tremendously helpful in ours!

Creating Routine During Quarantine

Creating routine during quarantine? Yep. You read that right.

Between spring break and the following school closures, my kids have now been home for two full weeks. We are all going a little crazy, to put it mildly! By mid afternoon my toddlers are quite literally bouncing off the walls, and let’s just say I am not handling it well.

One of my goals at the beginning of 2020 was to establish a daily schedule with regular routines and rhythms. Unfortunately with the busy every day life, this goal keeps getting pushed to the side for the sake of my business and/or ministry. I began to recognize that I was over extended in February, and Holy Spirit led me to release a leadership role at church as well as classes I was taking that would eventually lead to ordination. Letting go of “busy” has not been easy, and it is a process. But it has been necessary.

And now it feels like so much has come to a screeching halt in our world. COVID-19 has us spending the majority of our time at home and practicing social distancing. As an introvert this sounds glorious! Ha! But as a mom with three kids at home, it is resulting in mass chaos within the walls of our home!

So now is the time. Time to establish a schedule. Time to create routine during our quarantine.

Thriving instead of just Surviving…

Recently Katelyn James released a new YouTube video and blog post on “5 Tips for Thriving (Not Just Surviving) COVID-19” and I love her thoughts on this season of quarantine!

She so eloquent put into words what I have already been thinking. How can I make the most of this season? How can I use this season to focus more on my family? What do I have in my business that I can finally get done now that I have some extra time?

This sift in thinking actually has me EXCITED for the weeks ahead!

Creating Routine During Quarantine

Several weeks ago, my dear friend Nicole of Growing Me + Three wrote the blog post “Stay At Home Mom Daily Schedule“. I remember reading it and thinking “man, it would be nice to make that work for my family.” Yet, I did not take action on it.

But now is the time!

No more excuses!!

This is the season I become the mom that I WANT to be! This is the season that my home takes on the rhythms of order and structure that I long for!

Routine in quarantine

Resources

I wanted to share some additional resources that I have found and that I am beginning to use in our own home life.

  1. Positive Parenting Solutions: I LOVE good education! And this parenting resource is GOLD! I purchased this online course back at Christmas, but I have only made time to watch the first few lessons. This is the time to watch the full course and really implement all it teaches!
  2. Playing Preschool: Let’s be real. I have no idea what to do with my toddlers to keep them entertained, much less to TEACH them! Mother’s Day Out twice a week has been an amazing blessing, but is not an option for this season. It is time to dig into homeschooling my little people. I have purchased this amazing resources and I am so excited to jump in with Isaac and Pippa!
  3. The Ultimate Daily Routine Bundle: I have also purchased the Ultimate Daily Routine Bundle from The Military Wife And Mom. I especially love the printable routine cards for kids! I plan to cut them out and past to poster board so my littles have a visual checklist to go by.
  4. A Biblical Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak – for more on our response to the outbreak as a family and as a ministry.

We are in this together, even as we stay apart!

Ok moms! Who is in this with me? Are you ready to make the most of our quarantine? Are you ready to THRIVE and not just survive? Let’s get busy with creating routine during quarantine!

Let me know how you are doing in the comments below, and let’s cheer one another on!

COVID-19 Quarantine