“At any given point, you can say, ‘This is not how the story is going to end.'”
Cate Johnson was a mother of two young children with a big, beautiful home in the country. From the outside, it looked like she was “living the dream,” but inside, she felt like she was drowning.
She craved peace and connection with her children–but instead she felt only chaos and overwhelm. She spent hours cleaning her big home while her kids watched television. She felt heartbroken that she was not the mother that she had always wanted to be.
In this powerful episode, Cate shares three small but significant changes that transformed their home environment:
1) Using the five senses to create a haven of peace.
2) Designating a “kid of the day” to eliminate fighting.
3) Structuring their family time around rhythms to create stability.
Cate is now a fulfilled, empowered mother, and she has a message of hope for all of us: We can have more peaceful homes, no matter where we live.
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
As moms, we all know what it’s like to say, “Okay, it’s time to clean up the kitchen!”…and the kids scatter and disappear like autumn leaves in the wind.
We’ve heard the whining and the excuses. And is my son the only child who loses the ability to walk at precisely the moment that he’s asked to help–and ends up flopping around on the carpet instead of carrying plates over from the table?
This week on the 3 in 30 podcast, Candi Kidd, a mother of three young children who reads books and takes courses on home management and family systems, shares three practical strategies that we can use to motivate our kids to help around the house.
Listen in to discover…
- How single-tasking outloud can help our kids (and us!) breakdown overwhelming tasks
- How a celebration blitz can ramp up the positive energy and motivation in our homes
- How to use the tiny habits to make family contributions just a part of the routine
You won’t want to miss hearing Candi explain each of these three tools, and when you try them in your home, please let us know via social media or a comment on this post! We’d love to hear if it’s working for you.
Photos by Cate Johnson