Thursday, March 12, 2009

Living lovely with Family


I stumbled across Mt. Hope Academy last week, and noticed she was hosting a weekly series about Living Lovely with family. I decided I wanted to check in to get some ideas on how to be more purposeful in my family life. This first week is the daily edition - it is about what you do daily to connect with your family. Check out her blog here, and see what she and others have to say!

This is an area where I need to strive and grow. I spend pretty much 24 hours a day with my kids...but I often neglect the purposeful interactions designed to produce those lasting memories. I am going to try, after the adjustment of adding our newest member of the family (hopefully soon!), to make sure this is added to my to-do list everyday!

What we do now:
  • My husband reads a read-aloud and bible passages each afternoon or evening (depending on his work schedule)
  • We homeschool, so I daily have one on one interactions with each child as we go over their work, learn new things, and discuss what they've learned
  • Also, along with homeschooling, we study history and science all together as a family
  • Eating together as a family
  • We have several chore times a day where we all are doing our own jobs, but we are working together

Things I'd would like to do in the future:

  • I would like to do more day to day cooking with the kids. It is often easier to just do it myself without littles underfoot, but I think I'm missing those bonding opportunities.
  • As the kids get older, I would like to do a "tea time" in the afternoon where we can enjoy a snack and discuss what we are learning.
  • Take time everyday to do something fun together as a family (playing a game, art projects, hikes, hands-on school projects)

3 comments:

  1. I loved your post. It sounds like you are already doing a lot to connect with your family. I know what a huge commitment homeschooling is! I love how it gives us flexibility to add in the other meaningful moments like cooking together or playing games. Great ideas to grow into, as well. Thanks for playing along!

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  2. I love the "tea time" Idea! I would love to do that as well : ) Blessings to you~

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  3. I have to say that Heidi's blog is one that inspires me--and reminds me-- to remember "purposeful interactions designed to produce those lasting memories," as you so eloquently said. Being home with our kids all day is HUGE, but there is also that need to create joyful memories instead of having everything revolve around school!

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