Managing the Home

037: Teaching Children to Work Without Being a Drill Sergeant // Danielle Porter

Teaching Children to Work Without Being a Drill Sergeant Danielle Porter

Danielle Porter and I have been friends for about six years, ever since I started working with the organization, Power of Moms.  During that time, I have seen her go from a mother of three young children to a mother of six young children (her oldest is about eleven), and I have admired how fully she has committed herself to learning how to be the best mother she can be.  Danielle is truly deliberate about every decision she makes in her home, and she has tried out many systems and strategies over the years. I benefit from hearing her advice as her family and her wisdom grows, and today she is going to share some of that with us on the podcast!

I asked her to teach us how to teach our children to work–and I was honestly surprised by her takeaways.  But her words also resonated as truth in my heart and reminded me that a little love, patience, and perspective goes a long way.  Listen to this wise mama’s words, and let me know what you think

 

Show Notes

-Power of Moms’ article with cleaning games, “Keeping It Clean”: https://powerofmoms.com/keeping-it-clean/

-Last week’s episode, “Momming Like a Boss”: http://3in30podcast.com/momming-like-a-boss/

-Candi Kidd’s episode, “Getting Unmotivated Kids to Help”: http://3in30podcast.com/unmotivated-kids-to-help/

-Tony Overbay episode, “How to Praise Your Child When It Feels Like There is Nothing to Praise”: http://3in30podcast.com/praise/

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036: Momming Like a Boss: Using Corporate Leadership Strategies in Our Homes // Whitney Archibald of ‘How She Moms’

Momming Like a Boss :: Whitney Archibald of 'How She Moms'

When Whitney Archibald started working as a magazine editor after college, she naturally excelled in this leadership role.  She effectively managed her team, created clear objectives for their work, and maintained focus and excellence in her responsibilities.

When she was pregnant with her third baby, she decided to start staying home full-time with her children–and one day she looked around her chaotic home and realized that she was not excelling in this “second career” in her life.  Determined to make a change, she started putting as much commitment into learning how to manage her home as she had put into learning how to manage her responsibilities at work.

She discovered that many of the same strategies that she had applied in her business life could be applied in this new phase of her life–and today on the podcast she is sharing those strategies with us!

Listen in to find out how you can take small but meaningful steps towards “Momming Like a Boss” and managing your home and family more effectively and with more confidence.

 

Show Notes

Whitney’s website: https://www.howshemoms.com/

Whitney’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howshemoms/

“Cleaning Strategies for the Naturally Messy Mom” podcast: http://3in30podcast.com/cleaning-strategies/

Get a recap of ALL of the months’ takeaways: 3in30podcast.com/takeaways

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022: Cleaning Strategies for the Naturally Messy Mom // Candi Kidd of Operation Organization

Cleaning Strategies for the Naturally Messy Mom __ Candi Kidd

Since I was a little girl, I have left a “wake” behind me everywhere I go–cupboards left open, shoes kicked off in the middle of the hallway, and spills on the kitchen counter that should’ve been wiped up immediately but I didn’t even notice them.

Luckily, I have a very wise friend who is teaching me better habits.  Candi Kidd (who was our guest in Episode 001!) teaches moms who are naturally messy like me how to keep their lives more tidy and orderly.  And her tips can really help any mom, even if you are naturally a neat-freak (P.S. you amaze me), because we all live with children…and children bring chaos and confusion along with them everywhere they go.

Join Candi and me as we dive into these three takeaways:

 

1) Be a detective to find and then solve the messy spots in your home.

2) Lower the “activation energy” it takes to get started with cleaning.

3) Focus on completing one J.O.B. per day.

 

Show Notes:

Candi’s new Instagram account, operation_organization: https://www.instagram.com/operation_organization/

Candi’s first episode, “Getting Unmotivated Kids to Help”: http://3in30podcast.com/unmotivated-kids-to-help/

The House that Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark: https://www.amazon.com/House-That-Cleans-Itself-Solutions/dp/0736918809

Jordan Page who came up with the acronym J.O.B. (just one bite): FunCheaporFree.com

Shel Silverstein poem about Melinda Mae who ate the whale: http://shelsilverstein.yolasite.com/melinda-mae.php

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014: Getting Out of Overwhelm // April Perry of Power of Moms

3 Step Process for Getting Out of Overwhelm

If you often go to bed feeling like you will never get caught up on all of your responsibilities, wondering how you could’ve worked so hard all day and still have a massive to-do list, this episode is for you.

April Perry, the co-founder of the websites Power of Moms and Learn Do Become, shares a step-by-step process for getting out of overwhelm.  April has spent thousands of hours developing time management systems that help important people–from business leaders to mothers–organize their *minds* so they can focus on their true priorities, get more done, and be more present with their families during downtime.

In this episode, April explains this process in detail:

 

1) Make an ACCURATE list of all of the projects you have brewing in your mind.  (Include for your family, for you, and beyond.)

2) Narrow that list to no more than 7-8 projects to tackle this month.  Put that shorter list in a visible place to reference often.

3) Using that list, identify tiny “next actions” that will move each project forward.

 

Show Notes

-PowerofMoms.com

-LearnDoBecome.com

-Getting Things Done by David Allen

-Essentialism by Greg McKeown.

For more about April’s organization systems, please visit learndobecome.com/STEP.

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008: Controlling Kids’ Clutter // Tana Parke

3 Strategies for Controlling Kids' Clutter

It’s the witching hour–when you are trying to get dinner made–and your four-year-old son is whining that there’s nothing to do.  You walk with him to the playroom, only to find that he has dumped out every bin of toys, yet can’t seem to find anything suitable to hold his attention.

Unable to face the mess of Legos, cars, Magformers, and stuffed animals that are now strewn everywhere, you simply close the door to the playroom and pretend it doesn’t exist.  You turn on the TV to keep your little man occupied, and you wonder, What new toy should we get him for Christmas that he will actually play with?

If this scene sounds familiar, this episode is for you.  I invited Tana Parke, a mother of five children and a semi-professional organizer, to share three strategies for keeping our kids’ clutter at bay.  Our discussion includes exciting topics, like:

  • Why you should hide some toys from your children for a while
  • Who might be happy to receive some of the little trinkets that your kids have collected (it’s not who you think!)
  • How to teach your kids to think critically about whether or not they actually want a new toy or trinket
  • Why The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up doesn’t work for children (and how you can modify it!)
  • How to allow your children to have some “treasures” while also keeping them from being hoarders

…and much more!

3 in 30 Podcast // Parke Family

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