I enjoy seeing how Mom has embraced the value of scheduling things that are important to her. As you know, she has scheduled reading time with her grandchildren, play time with them, weekly lunch and grocery shopping with GiGi, etc.
Mom invited us girls for a day out, and because of how crazy and complicated our schedules were, we scheduled it over a month in advance to get it to work!
We got supplies for our caroling treats at Hobby Lobby, ate lunch out, and enjoyed shopping at Eddie Bauer, Home Goods, and Carters (our outlet shopping center is great!). I’m grateful for a loving, close-knit family.
For you moms, how about starting to schedule specific time with your girls? Those relationships are some of the most important in all the world!
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
To kick-start your week, we want to share a video Teri did to encourage moms. Let’s face it. Homeschool moms have a ton on their plate. Teri’s experienced what it’s like to homeschool multiple grades, manage babies and toddlers, and still keep the house in order. Those days weren’t easy, but the Lord gave her grace and creativity to fit in what she needed to do.
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“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.” 1 Timothy 5:14
Having a set meal time simplifies much for us such as:
Not having to have family members ask me what time a meal will occur.
Not having to call people when it is meal time.
Being able to plan my schedule so that there is an appropriate amount of meal prep time for the meal to be ready on time.
Family members counting on the consistency of the meal times for their personal scheduling needs.
Making it a priority to enjoy two meals together each day.
There are occasions when those meal times flex such as when a family member has something that would cause them to need an earlier or later dinner. Then with communication, the meal time is scheduled for that night for a time that will work. Those are occasional exceptions. Overall we enjoy the peace and order consistent meal times bring to our home.
If you don’t have consistent meal times, it isn’t difficult to establish that habit. Remember, habits make life easier. Think about meal times that would likely work well for your family, then backward plan so that you allow the necessary time to prepare the meal. Set timers on your computer, stove, phone or whatever you have accessible to you so that you are reminded to stop what you are doing to begin the meal. Avoid the temptation to “just do a little bit more” of whatever you were doing, and head straight for the kitchen.I expect your family will like knowing they can count on meals at a particular time and that those expectations will be fulfilled.
Trusting in Jesus,
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5
I wanted to share an e-mail I received from a mom who is seeing fruit from her scheduling through the years. Her thoughts about teaching children time management versus financial management were very insightful.
Trusting in Jesus,
I had a quick thought I wanted to share with you regarding scheduling. (By the way, we have been CONSISTENTLY successfully running schedules now for over a year. We have taken off for a week break for a couple of times in between semesters, and everyone has always requested that we get back on as soon as possible! WIN!!!)
Here’s the thought:
I have concluded, after having older children now and seeing them function in the adult world, that teaching them to manage their TIME is even more important than teaching them to manage their money or budgeting. Why? Because you can always make more money, but NO ONE can make MORE TIME. We are all given the same amount of time as a gift, to spend wisely or to squander.
I am really starting to see the fruits of teaching my children scheduling throughout their lives. Even though we had a season of life where we fell off, the foundation I had already laid for them through our scheduling when they were younger, paid off. Thanks to your mentoring, I have been able to reel us all back in after that bumpy season, and now the youngers are finally benefiting.
It has also been refreshing to re-read some Titus2 materials and recharge my techniques now that managing my family has become a little more complicated due to various ages and needs.
I just thought you might like to know. Obviously, Titus2 is going to continue to help the next generation and beyond. We appreciate you, and your adherence to Scripture, very much!
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
I love it when it works out for you to hear directly from a sister-in-law. Here are Anna Marie’s thoughts on how she’s managed with three littles and morning sickness.
I love children! I have since I can remember. Years before Christopher and I began our relationship, I read Managers of Their Homes and thought that if the Lord ever blessed me with a family, I would want to implement the ideas shared in that book. Now, with three little ones and another on the way, I can tell you it has already helped us in numerous ways.
While I’ve enjoyed having a schedule to help me be sure to fit in the things which are most important to me, I appreciate it all the more when I’m dealing with morning sickness (though I don’t get as sick as many mommies I know!) and “pregnancy fog.” My activities are already laid out, and I know what to do next.
I want to share with you a few of my favorite elements of our schedule in hopes that it will be an encouragement to you if you already are scheduling, or maybe inspire you to start if you haven’t yet!
When Ruthanne was a baby, I would have her sitting on my lap while Joshua and I did our phonics flash cards. A side benefit that I didn’t really plan on is that at twenty months old she already knows most of the letter names and sounds!
Joshua loves to work puzzles, but I didn’t often find convenient times for him to do it until I gave him a fifteen minute time block to build puzzles while I get the girls down for their morning naps. He loves that time, and it also keeps him happily occupied with a constructive activity while I am busy elsewhere.
Reading stories has been one of my favorite things to do with little ones through the years. I put a story time on the schedule for right after naps, and it has been delightful to once again read old favorites—only now to my own little ones!
If you’ve thought about scheduling but are just hesitant to jump in, let me just say that one nice thing about a schedule is that you can tailor it to suit your own individual needs and family. Personally, I’m not naturally a super task-oriented person, and having a schedule has helped me keep some order and routine going when otherwise it would tend to fall apart.
Also, if you have any moms on your Christmas gift list who do not have Managers of Their Homes, I heartily recommend it as a wonderful gift that will keep on giving so long as they utilize its contents!
“I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.” Psalm 52:9
“Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete.” (Eat That Frog – 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)
You know what? That’s the beauty of my schedule. It pre-determines my major tasks and carves out the necessary time to work through those jobs. It keeps my focus on my priorities.
Just like the business person wants to be successful in his vocation, we moms want to be successful and effective in the calling the Lord has placed on our lives when He gave us families. There is great satisfaction in accomplishing those special responsibilities the Lord puts into our lives.
If a businessman is effective with his time, he makes more money. If Mom is effective with her time, there are tangible fruits not only for her but also in the lives of her children, and that gives her joy. One result is wood, hay, and stubble. The other has eternal worth. You choose. Thousands of moms have proven scheduling with Managers of Their Homes works!
Trusting in Jesus,
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Corinthians 3:13).
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