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Spring Cleaning Your ‘tudes

Not Just Spring Cleaning Your House!

By Ann Zeise

Now if you came to this site looking for someone to tell you to clean your house, you came to the wrong site, sister! Yeh, yeh, I know half the Christian homeschooling sites tell you to clean your house before you even THINK about homeschooling. But realize that half DO NOT! Those are my type of Christians homeschool moms. The Jewish and Islamic sites don’t even mention house cleaning. Right on moms! Just get on with it! Make a big MESS with your kids!

You say you already did that. Now what?

It’s a matter of ‘tudes, as the Slob Sisters point out. Knock those cobwebs out of your mind and heart this spring. Forgive me my Platitudes.

Start by showing a little Gratitude to the others in your family, in your life. So your kids made a mess. Did they help clean up at all? Thank them for their help. Thank them for being at all, even if they didn’t help clean up! Imagine your life with out them. Wouldn’t it be awful? Did your DH (online this stands either for “Dear Husband” or some other “D” word I’m not going to publish here :X) come home from work and complain how you ALWAYS leave the dishes for him? Mine did. Wasn’t deliberate. Honest. I tried, “Oh, let me get that! You must have had such a hard day at work.” Shoved him out of the way and put the two dishes that had been missed into the dishwasher. Hey! I’m grateful we have a dishwasher! Things could be worse!

If your child can’t seem to grasp fractions, it may be your Attitude about it needs adjusting. Make a hard subject fun by making a game of it. There are loads of materials out there that make learning tough subjects fun. So pick that math book that has cartoons. Select a grammar book that sparks the imagination. Buy some inexpensive videos that even the most hardened teen will play over and over. Go to the movies to delve into history and literature. Explore the Internet to find themost delightful sites for children. Go through this check list to see if your methods will lead to success. Whatever you do, avoid feeling guilty about it!

Moms, I know this sounds nearly impossible, but do try to get some Solitude in each day. It’s good for your kids to get some, too, but it is primarily important to take care of you, Mom, first. Plan to have some learning time for you. continuously improve yourself, if you don’t you’ll burn out: guaranteed.

If you don’t keep up your Fortitude who will carry on? Plan for nutritious meals and time for exercise right along with planning for your children’s homeschooling.

No matter what your Latitude there are other homeschooling parents to talk to, to assist you in many ways. Reach out to them. They may seem very different from you at first, but they are just like your neighbors. At times you’ll need them for support and understanding where no one else will do.

As my grandfather always used to say: “Take time to smell the vanilla.” There’s but maybe a teaspoon of vanilla in a whole cake, but isn’t the smell delightful? Life is a like that. Savor the small, special moments of delight and treasure them. The memory of them will get you through the tough times.

Sites With An Attitude

The House Fairy
New York Times bestselling author Pam Young has been helping moms get organized for 40 years. A grandmother of 12, she created the House Fairy video-based program to teach and inspire children to clean their rooms and eagerly help with household chores. When the House Fairy speaks, children listen. The House Fairy helps moms replace stress and friction with joy and peace.

Come on in to FlyLady’s house!
Are YOU living in CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) like Franny in the pink sweats? Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn? Hopeless and you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry friend, we’ve been there, too. We even have a Facebook page!

Getting Your Kids Excited About Spring Cleaning
1. It’s all in the delivery! Choose your words carefully. Replacing the phrase “have to” with the phrase “get to” works wonders! As a matter of fact, it worked so well for me that the next morning, the kids woke up and asked me, “Mom, do we ‘get’ to do Spring cleaning again today?”!


Must I Be Organized?
Contrary to what some perfectionist homeschool moms espouse, organization is one of the LEAST important factors of a successful school year.


Sidetracked Home Executives
Get organized with the Slob Sisters.


The Spring Cleaning Challenge
Turn on some upbeat music and let them have a go at it. You may be surprised if you actually have fun. Adding some fresh spring decorations or rearranging your rooms can lift all your spirits and keep you motivated the rest of the year.

Spring Cleaning (It’s Not What You Think)
Yes, winter is over. The doldrums and the lack of motivation are behind us. The air of spring is before us, with the promise of newness and refreshment coming! So, let’s get to checking hearts and finishing the year out strong. After all, we are in the homestretch! Keep pressing on, homeschool mama . . . you can do this. Christian viewpoint not involving mops or sponges.

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