So, last week's goal was to consistently administer consequences (found in the Family Rule Book) without emotion. Now, I know this is really going to surprise a lot of you, but I am a very emotional person. It is hard for me to do anything without emotion. Naturally, when my kids are being less than the little angels I know they are, it is especially hard to remain unemotional. So this has been really good practice for me this week.
And hello? I knew this, but it's nice to have empirical data to prove that not getting upset or over emotional when you are disciplining the children totally works wonders. While I have had to bite my tongue and take deep breaths about eleventy billion times this past week, the results have been so very worth it. This afternoon I even heard Bria and Chloe working out a little argument that they'd had, and they were calm about it (mostly). While I was eavesdropping on them, it really hit me that if I am going to freak about everything, so will they. And when they have a mother who has been striving to "Keep Calm and Carry On," then they will start trying to do that as well.
It isn't rocket science.
But it isn't exactly easy, either. (My tongue may have sustained permanent damage this week, and I probably got a better oxygen supply than usual.)
This week's goal is Love at Home. We are to shower our children with "I love you."
This one isn't too difficult for me, luckily, but I am really going to step it up a notch. I plan on telling them much more often and leaving them notes and things all over the house.
One of the things I did a little bit last year and plan to start up again this week, is a love notebook for each child. I will just write a little love letter in the notebook and leave it on her bed while she is at school. Then, if she wants, she can write a note in the book for me and leave it on my bed. Chloe especially (she is definitely my love note writer) really got into this.
Another idea is to leave notes in their lunchboxes. I have seen numerous free printables on Pinterest (holy cow what a fun website!) for cute little lunchbox things. (Click here, here, here, here, here, here, and here to see them.) Also, when I was in Utah this summer I went to Deseret Book three times and dropped a small fortune there (apparently I am very deprived of Mormon merchandise!). Part of that fortune was spent on these cute Lunchbox Love Notes and I am super excited to always leave some sort of fun note or something in their lunchboxes this school year.
I have an extra Lunchbox Love Note pack, and I would be happy to send it to one of you! It isn't much, but they are really cute and fun. Leave a comment and tell me some of the things you are doing to "shower your children with love" right now.
Tomorrow we have our Back to School Feast....pictures to come!