The message of this book is really quite simple – use common sense to raise your children! This book takes us back to a parenting style that created well behaved and respectful children.
• Back fifty years before psychology messed up the common sense concept of parenting. And yes, John Rosemond is a psychologist.
• Back to when parents raised their children with the Bible as their guide, and yes, John Rosemond is a Christian.
My favorite lesson learned from this book is that it is perfectly ok, and even preferable to use the phrase “Because I said so!” This comes down to showing leadership, parents are the leaders of the home, and they are the authority. I need to speak as if I am in control and have confidence that when I speak my children will obey. If they do not there are consequences. Yes means yes and no means no – every single time!
My least favorite lesson in this book is that I am causing the chaos in my home! Yes, I did go back and read that page a couple times to make sure I was reading it correctly!!! It is my least favorite because it means that I have work to do! As I adjust my thinking, my reactions, and the way I discipline I am coming to understand more and more how important this book is for my family. And more importantly, how important the Bible is for me and my family.
My favorite quote is on Page 197 “Make Proverbs 22:6 Your Vision Statement. It is about your child’s character, not his achievements; manners, not skills. Besides, people of good character figure out how to share their gifts with the rest of us.” Our focus on developing character and good manners is increasing!
If you are a parent, you need to read this book. It is that simple!
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- As an accountant I was bored and unsatisfied with life - I had no purpose because I lacked a meaningful relationship with God. Then I started to read my Bible and learn and grow. Soon I was blessed with a wonderful husband. Now as a mother of three young kids I am never bored and my purpose is to raise them up to love and know God. We have three great kids that we homeschool - Sam (10) and our twins Ben & Carlee (9). Certainly a recipe for chaos. Oh and did I mention the 3 dogs, 3-legged cat, and a bunch of chickens! Definitely a recipe for chaos.
Then hubby opened his present from Santa, I did not know it would be so funny, at my expense!
Next the kids found that Santa had left them stockings that were overflowing with stuff! Unfortunately this was another year that we are not with our families on Christmas morning, I am disappointed that they do not get to see this. So this year I took a bit longer video with the intention of posting it here. I apologize for the poor quality and all the moving around, but there was alot going on! I hope you enjoy this 5 minute peek into our Christmas morning!!!
Santa always seems to remember to bring socks and underwear! This is another one of those things that I truly hope they are always this excited about!
After breakfast we started opening presents. They did so well taking turns. It was as if it was just as exciting to see what everyone was getting. We also had a pretty good day with not too many fights or meltdowns. Must be the magic of Christmas!
Even though we only had a couple of presents each, we opened them one at a time and managed to stretch it out so that we opened presents all day! What an incredible and fun day to spend the entire day in our Christmas jammies and open presents! We didn't even have to cook because this year we had our big turkey dinner on Christmas Eve with some very special friends. So for Christmas Day we just simply heated up the leftovers. So simple, so yummy, and so almost perfect! Only being with family would have made it perfect.
Of course the very best part of Christmas is making sure that our kids understand that we have Christmas to celebrate Jesus' birthday. Christmas is so special to us because Jesus is so special to us. Even though we should be doing it all year long, the entire Christmas season is an opportunity to remember to be grateful to God for sending Jesus to us, to be thankful for what Jesus did for us, and to share that gratitude with others around us.
I hope that you had a blessed Christmas. We did!
We have started a tradition that on Christmas Eve we open our gifts from Mimi & Papa, and it is always new Christmas jammies! I truly hope that they are always this excited to get new Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve!
I know I have not posted anything in a long, long time. I promise I will get back to blogging and update you about everything in the coming weeks! But today I could not resist in posting about the winter storm. We heard it being called an "Epic Storm"!! Well it was!
I certainly do feel like I woke up and have been magically transported back to Saskatchewan!! It literally snowed all day yesterday. My best guess is that we got at least 2 feet of snow, maybe more. Here are some of the photos I took this morning. Remember that a little more than 24 hours ago there was no snow at all!
We are all dressed up and ready to go out to play in the snow. Of course getting into all of these winter clothes is not a usual occurance at our house and we had a few problems. The biggest was that we did not have enough pairs of good winter mitts, which caused a huge fight over the pink pair. I talked Carlee into wearing a pair of stretchy gloves under a pair of little purple mitts. This pleased her because she got to wear two pairs! And Ben was thrilled with his big pink mitts!! Problem solved! At least until Ben is a teenager and I show his friends hehehe.
We were encountered by a few problems getting out of the house! This is a picture of our back deck and screened in porch. The snow was blowing so hard that the entire screened area is covered with snow! There was no way we were going to get out this door!
We managed to push enough snow aside from our side door to squeeze out the door. It is a good thing because I don't think it would have been very easy to get out the front door either!
This photo should give you a good idea of how much snow we got. This is our driveway and is not drifted! Notice the tricycle handles sticking up out of the snow. The two lumps that you see, one in front of the horse and one behind the front tricycle are their battery operated jeeps!
Here is a short video of them finding their bikes! Carlee is being so helpful trying to dig it out! It is hard to hear, but Carlee yelled at Sam to bring her a rake. Sam told her that rakes are not for snow. And I crack up every time I hear Ben saying "I am almost here!"
Ben was thrilled to find his dump truck! Until he realized that he could not get it out!
Meanwhile hubby located our one and only shovel! I think we are stuck here for awhile!
As I took this photo I was debating going to check the mail from yesterday. I decided it could wait!
I think he knew that too, because instead of shoveling he started throwing snowballs at the kids!
Then I tripped over my much too large snowpants! Thankfully I was able to keep the camera out of the snow which my hubby grabbed and started snapping pictures. Nice of him don't you think. I am so grateful that he captured my fabulous fashion sense with my cute orange hunting cap that beautifully matches my red parka!
But I did take advantage of not having the camera in my hand and showed the kids how to make a snow angel. I haven't made one of those for years!
I realized that I had not made a snow angel for quite some time when I had trouble getting up. Of course the kids thought it was hilarous to keep pushing me back down into the snow!
We have decided that living in the snow is in Sam's blood. He had a great time and I think he would have stayed out all day!
Ben, not so much. He did have fun but that was combined with quite alot of complaining.
Carlee had so much fun digging in the snow. Quite a change from last year when she would not even step on any snow! Here is a cute video of her singing while she worked!
But when she decided she'd had enough, that was it! She was done!!! And so,this is really our first Nor'easter experience. Boy do I miss the weather in California!
Several years ago Donna introduced me to her family's Christmas ornament tradition and I loved the idea so I began collecting Christmas ornaments every year as well. When we had kids we started that tradition for each of them as well. Last year I had realized that they would each have enough ornaments to start decorating their own trees, so this year that is what we did.
The kids each had their own tree decorated with their own ornaments. It was a bit stressful because they were so excited and not real careful, but in the end they were thrilled with their trees.
The big tree was decorated with mine & hubby's ornaments. The big tree was interesting, the very breakable & very precious ornaments were all at the top and the rest were all at the bottom. I loved the coziness of this room with the trees!