Kids! Does anything complicate your life quite like having children? When they're little, they require constant maintainance. Changing diapers, nightly baths, wiping little noses, potty-training...it can be exhausting. As a parent of toddlers, you can spent a good three hours every day just pouring juice into sippy cups.
When they get older, they require less of your help, but require a new kind of maintenance: disciplining bad manners, monitoring homework and daily chores, and brokering peace talks between siblings. You also have several schedules to coordinate, with school projects, band concerts, soccer games, playdates, and doctor and dentist appointments.
Now add in all their stuff. Your house, that was so clean before you had children, is now strewn with doll clothes, building blocks and little shoes. It's not unusual to find a matchbox car in the toilet or a moldy banana peel in your couch.
So, how do you raise healthy, happy children AND retain your sanity? Keep it simple. Focus on what's important, teaching your children to grow into well-mannered, self-sufficient adults. Check out these links for ideas on how to do just that.
- Orderly Bedrooms
- Behavior & Punishment
- Taming the Toys
- After School Chaos
- Be a Good Parent