As a mom of two under two who never imagined herself a work-at-home Mom, I’m routinely caught up in the business of the day and often neglect to reflect on the long-term plan. Without specific goals and clear priorities, I quickly find myself disorganized and unbalanced. In an effort to refocus on the relationships that mean the most (God, Husband, Children, Family) without losing my own sense of self and career fulfillment, I’m taking the Balanced Challenge!!! Each day from March 11 – March 21st, I’ll be posting as a participant in the challenge. The challenge is based on a book by successful author and homeschooler, Tricia Goyer entitled Balanced (see my review). You, dear reader, are invited to take this journey with me. Grab your copy of the eBook, Balanced and you can join in the challenge, too!
March 11: Family Priorities (Chapter One)
Determine what your priorities as a family are. Ask yourself a few questions: What do we want to achieve as a family? What will matter five years from now—ten years from now? What will mold our children into God-serving adults? What will bring peace—not stress—to our home?
- To give God our joys and sorrows and implement Him into the everyday minutes of our lives.
- To express love and affection openly in our marriage and in our family.
- To have dinner and recreational time together as a family.
- To have family meetings to discuss what’s working well and what isn’t.
- To spend time being creative and sharpening God given talents and abilities.
- To enjoy the here and now, rather than focusing on tomorrow to the point of excluding the joys of today.
- To prepare our children to be kind in a world that isn’t always without losing faith or humility.
- To homeschool our children in a manner that results in them being well read, well traveled, and well equipped to provide for themselves financially, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
- To be an active part of the community and a blessing to others.
- To share our gratitude with each other and the Lord.