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
-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/
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.
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
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!
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