Over six weeks I will be doing a series of posts on six simple tips homeschool moms can do to rock homeschool and to have a wonderful year.
In the past four weeks, we worked on determining our why, what is important to us, envisioning our destination, checking the pulse to determine where we are today, and Mapping the Journey. Remember, our family and our educations are always works in progress. With knowledge of: why we are home-schooling, what is important, our envisioned destination, where we are now, mapping our journey, and laying a foundation, we need to consider momculture.
Tip 5: Momculture
Momculture should be the first homeschooling tip! What is momculture anyway? Mom is the informal form of mother. Culture is from the Latin word cultura, meaning growing, or cultivation. So, momculture would be the cultivation and personal growth of moms. If we are not taking care of ourselves, soon we will have nothing to give our families.
Many metaphors come to mind-- a well, a lighthouse mirror, a saw, a butterfly, a pebble in a pond. What goes down in the well comes up in the bucket! What are we doing to fill our wells? Are we polished and ready to be the light house mirror to our children by reflecting and magnifying His light to His children? Do we keep our tools in good repair; do we take time to sharpen our saw? As butterfly wings can change air patterns, thus affecting the weather, little things like our attitude can affect the climate of our homes. Are we effective agents of wholesome change? A pebble tossed into a pond, changes the whole pond forever. What ripples are we sending?
3 Ways to Momculture:
1. Daily Choose to be a Mary, first thing in the Morning!
When Jesus was talking to Martha as recorded in Luke 10, she was concerned that Mary was not serving. Jesus responded and said,
"41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
So what was needful and what was that good part Mary chose?
Mary chose to be present and with Jesus when He was in their midst. In this case, housework and homeschool can wait! Take time to have devotions first thing and choose that good part!
2. Carve Out Quiet Time
Take the children for a walk after lunch, then tell them a story, and then let them have quiet time. When quiet time is over, help them clean their rooms, and this will help train them in the habits to have order and to pick up after one's self. Make this a joyful happy cleaning! Their cleaning their room alone comes as they develop executive function and maturity. This is not just about knowing how. Helping them until they have the pattern of their own, helps also to preserve the reason you had private time. You had quiet time for you to have a break and for them to have some down time to replenish. Helping them tidy after quiet time helps set the tone for the evening and is more likely to engender a more co-operative spirit in the home.
This also gives mom a break in the middle of the day. Even Jesus withdrew from the crowds into the wilderness to focus and to replenish.
3. Join the "Become a Victory Lady" Invitation and Ditch the Stress!
You can start today. This Invitation helps us set habits and routines that will reduce the stress in our lives. Join Us on our Mentoring Our Own Facebook group.
Each month, I write newsletters with helpful tips that impact homeschool moms on topics such as: homeschooling, homeculture, momculture, and home management. I also inform moms of site news, upcoming events, new products, and special offers.
Tip One: A Clear Vision Here
Tip Two: Checking the Pulse Here
Tip Three: Mapping the Journey Here
Tip Four: Lay a Solid Foundation Here