Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Family Life Management - a book suggestion

My friend Angie is reading a book called "Managers of Their Home" by Teri Maxwell, a mother of 8. Based on her suggestion, I can't wait to read it. She says, "It is geared more toward homeschoolers but anyone with children at home can implement her scheduling plan. I am over half way through the book and am loving it. I desire to be more organized, need to be more organized and she is giving awesome tips as to how to get that way.

Her chapter on discipline suggests writing out a list of your child's worst offenses and then coming up with a discipline for each and making an "if/then" chart. That way when the child doesn't do what is asked of them you don't have to get angry and lose your temper because you have asked/nagged 5-10 times and it still isn't done. You ask one time and then they get whatever the preset discipline is that is on the chart. It seems so simple and practical.

She has another book, "Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet spirit" and I ordered that one and started it the day I got it. I am so encouraged and inspired as she shares biblical ways to have a "meek and quiet" spirit with our children instead of an irritated, frustrated, angry spirit (which I hate to admit I can't help but have some days)."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ann, MOTH is a GREAT book! Even though we're not a homeschooling family, it's been very beneficial for many years. I think I've had it since my 1st was 6mos & he's now 7&1/2(my how time flies!). As you know we had 5 children in less than 5 years so finding MOTH early on was a big blessing!

Tomorrow is the last full day of school & I'm sooo excited to have everyone home(we have 1 in K & 1 in 1st). I hope your son had a good year.

Have a great summer!

4:53 PM  
Blogger MommySecrets said...

Hi RoseAnne!! Like you, I'm excited for the last day of school (and a little nervous about the energy change as we welcome my loud and wonderful son back into the home all day). We look forward to a summer of laughing, playing, exploring, enjoying the outdoors and spending time together.

Say hello to all your kiddos from us! If you're up for another VeggieTales movie night, there's another one coming up -


7:50 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I think both of these have my name written all over them! Especially the one regarding Homeschooling, it can be so frustrating, yet so rewarding all at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

8:28 PM  

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