Monday, August 31, 2015

Homeschooling - Preparing For A New School Year

I've begun seeing fall decorations and supplies cropping up in the stores lately and that always flips a switch in my mind from summer thinking and plans in to the next school year. I begin de-cluttering our homeschool areas, re-organizing them, shopping for the supplies we'll need, and preparing ON PURPOSE to make our transition in to the next school year a smooth and enjoyable one.  I get myself 2 steps ahead of the family so that I can lead them in to homeschooling as gracefully as possible. I'll share with you how I...
  • Clean out last year's stuff
  • Organize this year's stuff
  • Why I try to stick with our same curriculum plans
  • Prepare for the first day of school
 (The "Fall" sign is made with Crayola Window Crayons.  *smile*)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WORKSHOP PRESENTATION: "Decluttering - The First Steps to Organization"

By de-cluttering well one can literally double the amount of space in a home. Even the smallest of spaces can feel and look spacious if it’s not cluttered and is organized. By sharing our strategies with you I hope to offer hope, encouragement, and vision.  *smile*  I encourage you to live life on purpose!  You’ll have more space for the children to play in, more space for homeschooling, more space for relaxation, more space for company, more space for more children – more space to live in! Through one of my workshops I would like to share the following with you:

~ Strategies & methods for de-cluttering
~ De-cluttering principles to keep in mind
~ Where to begin
~ How to be careful with others family member's spaces

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Professional Parents? Yes!, Part 2 of 2

One of those comments that we get fairly often is, "Wow, you guys are professional parents."  And my answer is both No, and Yes!  I am not professional parents in the sense that those people mean, that I have it all together and I've "arrived" as a parent and "have it all down".  Not at all.  I am learning and growing every day in learning to parent our children and in developing my own character as well as theirs.  Parenting is not something that people can have all the answers to or do well at all of the time ~ we can only do our very best.

However the answer to the professional parents comment is also a Yes!  Because I pursue it as my "profession".  When I think of the aspects of having a career - what that looks like, how people pursue it, how they view it, how they respond to it - then parenting to me is much the same thing.  

This post is part 2 of 2, if you'd like to catch up you can first read part 1.  


In this post I continue exploring what it means to be a professional parent and will cover:

               8. Budget our finances

               9. Study to improve skills and knowledge
               10. Requires our whole person
               11. Practice team unity
               12. Recognize our responsibilities
               13. Don't just survive it but embrace it to achieve success


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Professional Parents? Yes!, Part 1 of 2

One of those comments that we get fairly often is, "Wow, you guys are professional parents."  And my answer is both No, and Yes!  We are not professional parents in the sense that some people mean, that I have it all together and I've "arrived" as a parent and "have it all down".  Not at all.  I am learning and growing every day in parenting our children and in developing my own character as well as theirs.  Parenting is not something that people can have all the answers to or do well at all of the time ~ we can only do our very best.

However the answer to the professional parents comment is also a Yes!  Because I pursue it as my "profession".  When I think of the aspects of having a career - what that looks like, how people pursue it, how they view it, how they respond to it - then parenting to me is much the same thing.  

Here in Part 1 are the first 7 points of 13 on how parenting is like a profession, and these are the points I will cover in this post:
  1. Prepare for the day
  2. Be purposeful
  3. Focus our attention on our work place (our home)
  4. Invest in the atmosphere
  5. Apply self-discipline; others are relying on us
  6. As a manager, motivate others
  7. Have a vision 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Living Life on Purpose - "Isn't It Exhausting?"

Are you approaching this next school year wondering if you want to take on the work of homeschooling again? Or do the hard work of character development with your children and yourself? Or getting your home organized? One of the primary purposes of Large Families On Purpose is to answer the question "How do you do it?". Sometimes doing life ON PURPOSE can seem like it might be harder than just winging it, or letting things go and dealing with things as they arise instead of being proactive about it.  *smile*  I received a question the other day which I think is probably a common one,
"Do you ever get exhausted doing everything with purpose? Sometimes I'm overwhelmed when I think about parenting with purpose and all those moments that are missed. Any tips? comments? I guess what I mean is I'm a planner by nature. So that inclines me to come up with all these great ideas and ways I can teach my children and model Christ-likeness. However... reality is even with my best intentions and plans it never seems to work out and I feel like a failure most of the time. (Yes, I know in my head God gives grace, I just have to receive it daily.) I think also in those moments of reflection at the end of the day I realize I corrected my child far many more times than I "caught" them displaying the character I'm trying to teach and praise them for it. " ~ Renee'
Let's have virtual coffee over this *smile*.
  • Tiring, yes, but that's not a bad thing
  • Being realistic & preparing for it
  • It's an investment
  • The sacrifice
  • More quality and value
  • Having a goal 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Creating a Food Pantry From a Coat Closet

From what I have heard from most all of our readers, living in a smaller home is actually very average and common. And many people have tried the expansive homes, and ended up down-sizing because the huge home took extensive amounts of time to maintain, and families found themselves living very separately instead of together. This being the case, many of you might find yourselves without an adequate pantry space, if any at all like we had. *smile* Tiny kitchen - NO pantry space. Not an impossible lifestyle, but pretty inconvenient. Well the Lord showed us a solution for our home as He always has, enabling us to stay living here comfortably. Creating a pantry from our coat closet! I thought I would share the vision with you; perhaps it will be a great encouragement regarding an area that is so prominent in daily life - food preparation and meals. And this summer holiday could be a great time to get this in place before school begins again... *smile*  I'll share with you:
  • The layout of our home
  • The new vision for the coats 
  • The new vision for the pantry

Friday, July 24, 2015

Productively Occupying 3-Year-Old Boys

Do you have a 3-year-old boy (or know someone who does) who seems to have testosterone exploding from his darling little body con-stant-ly? *smile* Does he bounce off the walls, shout spontaneously, fly from one activity to another, swipe things on to the floor on his way flying past the table, punch a sister just to see what will happen, unload the kitchen drawers because they make a great sound...but has a great laugh and smile, and is not really malicious - just needs constant supervision, guidance, and protection? We have 4 sons. Three of them have been this way at age three especially.

I've been asked this question many times, "Could you please give me ideas for ways to productively occupy my precious, but rambunctious 3-year-old little son??"  And since most all of us moms have striven to learn to do this well, I'd like to give you a thorough, detailed answer from what I've learned.  *smile*  Not that I've "arrived" by any means, but these are ideas that have worked well for us. In my post, "Productively Occupying Young Children: Inclusion in Homeschooling", I shared with you how we occupy young children in general. However a 3-year-old boy can be a different situation. *laugh!* I'll share with you:
  • Boys vs. girls
  • Keeping him safe without following him around.
  • Scheduling our 3-year-old's time on a typical day.
  • Toy/activity ideas to occupy his time.
  • Three resources for activity ideas.

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