Momculture through Power of an Hour

Just what is Momculture and how do I use Power of an hour to enhance it? Momculture is a combination of "mom" and "culture." Mom, refers to mothers. Culture means to cultivate growth. Momculture, therefore, is the art and science of cultivating and nurturing a breadth and depth of learning in mothers. Power of an hour is a key that can unlock the gateway to a greater depth and breadth of learning.

Mothers and fathers can establish family Bible study and reading aloud from a classic. Then moms (and dads too!) can gain increasing breadth and depth through Power of an Hour enrichment. By using the Power of an Hour as a personal education map, and by using the provided links, both momculture and fatherculture can be magnified. 

Can't Find the Time?

Seriously, no one finds time.  We all have 24 hours. We get to choose. We get to prioritize. We get to carve out time for that which is important to us. For those with many children and fell that their time is limited...

7 Momculture Tips for Busy Moms

  1.  Quiet Time
    Set a quiet time to help your children not be overstimulated and to give you time to think, learn and be. I had a nintey minute quiet time for my children. If you add up 90 minutes a day during the school week you have 7.5 hours! What could you do for self development in an hour and a half a say or seven and a half hours a week????
  2.  Early to Bed, Early to Rise
    Retire earlier and rise earlier to gather your thoughts and have time for devotions and prioritizing before your day hits. My son wanted his sons to read more. So, he set their bed time earlier and told them they could stay up an hour later if they were reading. They read a lot!
  3. Dovetailing
    Try dovetailing and learn along with our children. Even with many little ones and a busy life.  Read aloud with your children. Take nature walks with your children. Go on field trips with your children. Sing with your children. Listen to books on tape or sing in the car. As you dovertail by doing things together, both are blessed. 
  4. Intellectual Snacking
    Try intectual snacking during the day.  Perhaps you can listen to a podcast while rocking a baby, or catch a page or two in a book while your children pay in the back yard, or build at your feet. I took those minutes to read aloud to my children and to expand my knowledge at the same time.
  5. Avoid Overscheduling
    Don't overschedule your children in outside activities.  They need the time think, contemplate, and create too.
  6. Limit Screen Time
    Yes, limit screen time for you and the children.  Children do not need to be entertainined. 
    Screen time can suck away time for needed activities that help your children develop. Less screens mean more time for other things.
  7. Develop Your Talents
    Taking time to develop your talents helps your children develop a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset. My mom took me to oil painting class with her when I was three and a half.  They gave me my own canvas, palette, paints, and brush. It left an indelible imprint on me. One day I had the idea to do a giant 3 x 6 stained glass piece. My children had not seen me do stained glass in years! They watched as I worked through failures, overcoming fears, remembering skills that had been dormant. They watched me change from- "I wander if this can work?" To, " I could do this, I can do that." Along the way, they learned how to do stained glass too. 

Most of us can find 15 - 20 minutes to spare on most days and this can add up!

This post was originally written 26 June 2015 and was updated 16 May 2019.

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Donna Goff - February 1, 2016 Reply

When I suggest carving 15 minutes, I am suggesting Family Bible Study and Family read aloud time be done with the children, which I call dovetailing. Then I suggest carving out 15 minutes and wrap your mind around the daily gateways. Study a painting, listen to music, memorize a poem, learn about famous people (follow the links or use it as a guide to find books at the library and share what you learn at the dinner table), review the rudiments of Language Arts and Math. Even adults who are not married yet and have no children have used Power of an Hour.

 

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