So I really needed this “clean your room checklist” today. Actually, I needed it yesterday. I had sent my two kids to their rooms to tidy up before going out to play, and I got the same question I always get, “What should I do first?”
My son likes to play the “tell-me-what-to-do-next” game each time he goes to clean his room – which is every day! It was “fun” at first, but now it’s time to teach more independence.
On some days, my kids seem to get overwhelmed with where to start and in knowing when they’ve completed the task. I needed something to help guide them while empowering them to be independent.
I was researching online for another blog post I was writing when I came across this printable by Early Bird Mom, Sarah Mueller. This free printable is available in black (shown) and white.
To learn how to download your copy, click the link below:
As moms, we want to give our children a happy childhood. We want to give them our best, but deep down we may feel that we haven’t been making our children the priorities they should be. Though we have been providing material things for them and giving them the opportunities we feel they need, we often allow our own busy schedules to steal time and training that really belong to them.
The true purpose of parenting is to help connect each family member’s heart to one another, to inspire good behavior in our children, and lead them to become respectful, obedient and happy. We do this by making our homes places of cheerfulness and joy.
Successful parenting is based on capturing our child’s affections, and once we’ve done this, parenting will become a pleasure and joy instead of a frustrating struggle. You may have wondered how to connect with your child. It is possible. A family that’s connected through affections is one that feels each other’s joys and pains, one in which each member would rather suffer than to cause another hurt.
Ways to Inspire Connection
It starts with being observant, knowing what’s going on in our children’s world. What do they talk about with each other? With their friends? What topics are they interested in?
We need to become familiar with their world – their wants, likes and needs – as well as their spiritual world. And not only with our children’s, but with our spouse’s as well.
In the midst of building a connected family, children will still be children. They will make mistakes and do things that need correcting. How we approach them at these times will determine what type of results we’ll get. Showing kindness and encouragement will win our children to us, but giving criticism will drive them away.
The way we raise a healthy happy child is to be consistently kind, forgiving, and tenderhearted. Then they will be more inspired to listen to us and obey. We should determine each day to win our children’s hearts by doing deliberate acts of kindness, which will do much in inspiring good behavior. This may require daily prayer, but it is possible.
These same principles also apply to how we as parents should interact with each other. By being forgiving, kind and compassionate to our spouse, we can ignite a solid connection that stands the test of time.
To learn ways to connect with your child and how to get a Free Printable of 59 Electronic-Free Activities for Kids, click the link below:
The greatest lesson serious bloggers can learn is how to write blog posts that inspire. Anyone can write entertaining, instructional, educational or technical posts, but posts that inspire people to become better versions of themselves is a priceless gift.
It starts with truly believing in the message you are sharing, and then really wanting to help others achieve their goals. You have to have a heart for people in order to inspire them.
I’ve fallen into the trap before of writing posts that were SEO correct so they would get ranked higher in search engines. While that isn’t a bad goal, it’s harmful when that goal supersedes your goal to really connect with your readers and give them what they need – not what the search engines need.
When I decided to make the switch, I found that writing became easier and exciting. I was sharing, coaching and teaching through writing because I truly wanted to help someone else. I wanted to make sure that each post could help at least one person. And I would picture her in my mind as I spoke to her through my writing.
Blog posts that motivate and inspire do two main things – they answer a need of the target reader or they help them solve a problem. So it’s important to know what your readers are struggling with, what they wish for, and what their goals are.
If you don’t know this information already, take the time to do this research. Write a post to ask them, post questions on social media, or send out a survey with your next newsletter.
If you’re just getting started, research the types of questions your target readers are asking in forums, on social media, or in the comments section of popular blogs in your niche.
While this post is aimed at bloggers, it can be applied to anyone. The quote can easily be changed to, “Your tweets or speeches should be crafted to motivate people, speak to their needs, help solve a problem, and inspire them to be better.”
Whatever you write (or say) should be crafted in a way that inspires positive action. And hopefully this post achieves that goal as well.
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K. Walker is a wife, savvy mom of two, and a born entrepreneur. A former
corporate consultant and trainer, Roz transitioned her skills home and founded Covert Social
Media, a Social Media Management business that provides done-for-you marketing
services for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Learn more at http://covertsocialmedia.com
Roz is a trained Social Media Manager, certified Inbound Marketing Professional, and a freelance writer. She also dedicates much of her time to teaching working moms how to transition their careers home and build a value-based business that serves others. You can learn how to transition your career home by visiting http://goodbyebosshellokids.com.
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