Today I'm sharing a new series called, "Making it Count, Monday". When I think about my role as a mom and how much I want to teach my kiddos, I can get a little overwhelmed. Can't you? We have to teach them manners, what words mean, how to treat other people, and on and on and that's only 1% of my entire list! I hear other moms with older kids say all the time, "Enjoy it because it goes by so quickly". I'm really trying to make my moments count. Don't get me wrong...we watch our fair share of movies around here and the kids have plenty of solo playing time. I'm not a pro at this. Trust me!! But sometimes I hear another mom tell about something they do at home and it's like, "AHA! Why have I not been doing that?" I'm just talking about a few minutes each day or week or month that we're intentionally doing something together. This series is all about how we as moms make these moments count!
A few months ago, Shay blogged about this book, In This House We Will Giggle, by Courtney DeFeo. I'm in the middle of reading it now and I'm absolutely loving it. It's broken into twelve sections and each section has a virtue (joy, love, generosity) with lots of examples about how to discuss these with your kiddos and some fun activities.
Yes, I know what "joy" means. I could tell you about it, but have I had a conversation about "joy" with my kids? No! Maybe I'm the only one who hasn't? The kiddos and I have been talking about joy over the last week and discussing what it looks like to have "joy" even when you're having a bad day. Now when someone doesn't want to share or is being ugly to a sibling, I hear, "Mom, ----- doesn't have joy in their heart." hahaha! At least I know they were listening, right? :)
I guess I'm cheating a little bit this week, because my "Making it Count" suggestion this week would be to go buy this book and do some activities with your kiddos.
I'll be featuring more of my moments throughout the year and I'd love to feature some other bloggers and your moments!! I'm talking about games, crafts, lessons, or anything else you and your family does to be intentional with your moments together. If you have a "Making it Count" idea you'd like to share, please e-mail me at
Have a JOYful day!!!