Guest Post Today For March Parenting Series
Kaylie Hodges is a wife to an amazing husband and mom of five sweet babies under five. She has three bio daughters and two adopted sons. She is a Truth Seeker, a Jesus Follower, and a Strong Coffee Drinker. Kaylie blogs about faith, family and funnies at kayliehodges.com
I have five kids under five. Taking responsibility for household chores seems overwhelming considering how many kids I have still needing help to wipe their own bottoms.
Trying to get kids to learn to live in community when you are still reminding them multiple times a day to use soap and not to put that thing in their mouth.
Despite the overwhelm, this is a concept that we have approached with some serious intentionality in our family for a couple of reasons. First, because the Bible tells us that as a body we are meant to work together. We believe that teaching our kids to be a part of the body of Christ starts here, with giving them meaningful work and showing them that their service matters not only for themselves, but for those around them.
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Romans 12:7
The clock rolled over to past 9:00 and I was still in my pajamas. I had claimed Saturday morning as my own. I mean sure, I still had to parent, but I didn’t have to get dressed, and I certainly didn’t have to make them do chores.
I caught the scurrying around as I glanced over the top of the book I was reading. I didn’t dare let my gaze linger lest the stop.
Beds were being made, floor swept, and furniture dusted.
I didn’t move a muscle.
Now listen, my kids can drive me far past the edge of crazy. I can’t fully explain why they did what they did, but I suspect they were just on auto-pilot. So how do we approach daily tasks with intentionality that will lead kids to walk in that daily discipline? continue reading