Quick tricks to minimize chaos!
Whether you homeschool, have little kids still at home, or just have a the kids at home for the summer, you will experience chaos when the kids are around.
There is inherent chaos associated with having little people in your house all day. The more people there are in the space, the more opportunities there are for things to go “wrong.” The key to dealing with this chaos in a way that edifies our family and glorifies the Lord, is to have the correct perspective.
BUT...sometimes we just need tools to stem the crazy to begin with!
There are a few tools you can use to decrease the occurrence, as well as minimize the impact, of kids-in-the-house-chaos.
- Plans - Even for the non-planner, having some idea of where you want to go with your day can create a framework for you to go back to when you get off track.
- Digital planners - These work well for people that are on their phones or computers a lot. If you need the "dings" on your phone to remember things, if you aren't a particularly visual person, if you collaborate your schedule with other digital planner people, and if you already have the habit of checking your phone, then a digital planner may be best for you.
- Paper planners - These work best for people who need to write things down to remember them. They are also often more "big-picture" meaning you can very easily look at a month at a time or a whole week to keep your plan in front of you.
- Homeschool planners - I know many people who use a separate lesson planner regardless of if they use a digital or paper planner. I found combining my lesson plans on my regular paper planner to be the easiest for me to juggle all of our appointments, my meal planning, and my homeschool plans.
- Lists - There are a million ways to use lists to help. The idea is you (and everyone else) know exactly where to jump in and what to do next. Some examples include:
- Running to-do lists - Keep it on a white board or on a sticky note in your planner. For all of you digital people, there are a ton of apps out there for free or you can simply ask google or Siri to add things to a to-do list. If you think of something you need to do, add it to your list!
- Assignment lists - For the homeschooled kiddo, having their own list of assignments is key to teaching them to be independent learners. Start them soon with with their own list of assignments and begin to teach them to choose something they can do on their own from their list if you are occupied with another child. GAME CHANGER, for sure!
- Errand lists - I have a spot in my paper planner where I write errands so that if I'm going out, I can look and see if something is close by. If I need to drop off my dry cleaning, I can go the cleaners that is by my favorite grocery store so that I can make a quick detour if I'm already going out. It saves me time in the car as well as gas if I'm not running all over town in one day.
- Kids’ chore lists - Woohoo! If you can find a chore system that works in your house, you are a rock star! Keep your eye out for the chore system that we use around our house...that is coming up soon!
- Routines - Routines are my lifeline! Evening and morning routines make sure that the necessities happen, even when nothing else goes right. They put daily tasks on autopilot.
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- Bible Study - perspective is everything when it comes to dealing with the discouragement that comes when things don’t go as planned. The key to correct thinking lies in how closely you are aligned with the Word of God. No book or blog or retreat can give what the Word of God can give in terms of insight and wisdom and correction. So get in the Word! Need help know where to start? Reach out to me! I'd love to help!
- Prayer - Constant communication with Christ is how you stay connected to the Vine. You don’t have what it takes to stay calm and patient and gentle when all of your plans go up in smoke. The flesh gets frustrated and irritated and snappy. But, the Spirit of God that indwells every believer is the provider of the fruit of the Spirit…so ask and you shall receive! Lean into the Lord through prayer, and His fruit will be made evident to your family!
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
Planning, creating functioning lists, sticking to routines, and making sure you are getting filled up spiritually can truly help to diminish the chaos that comes with kiddos in the house.
Leave a comment letting me know which of these things you have found to be the most helpful, and make sure you reach out to me if you have any questions!
See you soon!