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…
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…
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!
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…
1) How single-tasking outloud can help our kids (and us!) breakdown overwhelming tasks
2) How a celebration blitz can ramp up the positive energy and motivation in our homes
3) 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.
(Click episode webpage for full show notes.)