Someone has been messing with my calendar and suddenly, it is JULY! What happened to my summer?
Our family homeschools year-round… for the most part. We take a break when Bill gets out for the summer and then get back into our routine when he starts band camp. This year, band camp begins on July 16th… just a few short days away.
Don’t get me wrong. I am excited about our new curriculum and watching my children grasp new concepts, but there are some things I want to do less.
1. Print less.
Last year, I was printing stuff like crazy. Every time I saw something cute that I might use with the children… print. A recipe I might try… print. Now, I have piles of papers which need to be filed because I never got around to using them.
2. Laminate less.
I love… L O V E… love my laminator. Unfortunately, even the generic laminating pages can be expensive when you use them for everything. So, I am going to use more page protectors for worksheets and only laminate items like games, flash cards, and such.
3. Sleep less.
Oh, yes. I said it. I plan to break my 3 year old from having me nap beside him because I always fall asleep waiting for him to fall asleep. While the older tow children are having feet off the floor time in the boys’ room and the baby is napping in her crib, mommy and Ruble have been cutting ZZZZZ’s together. No more. I want to turn this time into homeschool time with Lira and Franc.
4. Judge less.
I am very aware that Christians are supposed to hold one another accountable. That is not what I am talking about here. Nope. My prayer is that I would see as God sees. My quick wit combined with a negative first impression often leaves me thinking poorly about other people… even if I do not know their names. That is not the person I want to be because I know that I am not in any place to cast judgment. I am messed up… nothing but a cracked piece of pottery barely held together by the hands of my Maker. I want to encourage others towards the love of Jesus, not discourage others away by looking like a legalistic, hypocritical Pharisee.
5. Spend less.
Last year, I spent a great deal of time in the Dollar Tree and online purchasing learning toys. Many of the toys I was able to get for free (or nearly free) using referral credits. But, now my homeschool closet is packed with educational goodies and I have not another square inch of space. Besides, since our goal is the be debt-free by March 2013, I need every dime to go towards paying those last two bills.
6. Yell less.
Why do I think that by raising my voice that my children will suddenly listen to me? While I was once a rage-o-holic, those tendencies are long gone but the yelling habit remains. Maybe I should whisper instead? I really don’t know. If you have found something that works, LEAVE A COMMENT. Thank you.
7. Clean less.
My children are lazy and it is my fault. We have attempted to teach them to do chores every once in a while but I have not been consistent. Well, my dear children, we are going to have a little bit of Mommy Bootcamp. Maybe that is a bit over-the-top but I think it is time for these children to be a part of our family team and start doing some age-appropriate cleaning around the house.
8. Eat less.
I am turning my eyes towards a more proportionate figure and that means a more proportionate plate. Oh, I enjoy food so much but I am using it for the wrong reasons. Happy, sad, mad, depressed, celebrating… doesn’t matter. I eat.
Previously, I have worked through the online Bible study, The Lord’s Table, with a provided mentor. (If you do not know about this study, it is a part of the Setting Captive Free website and the mentor is FREE.) I am prayerfully considering going through it on my own since I have obviously slipped and fallen into a huge pit of chocolate-covered gluttony.
9. Stress less.
God has NEVER let our family down. Never. Still, I find myself occasionally bemoaning our circumstances. Instead of turning inward, I want to be more focused on helping others and keep the perspective that my husband so eloquently stated when we faced our mortgage crisis, “Today, we have everything we need.”
10. Repeat myself less.
You know what I mean. I would love to be able to make it through a day without sounding like an echo. Maybe this isn’t very practical since I do have four children, one with Autism and one with ADHD, and a husband with ADD but hey… a girl can dream. Right?
What are you hoping to do LESS this year?
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