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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine (organization, laundry, schedules, life, Created for Learning)

Transitioning from teacher to mother has been more difficult than I thought . . . I mean, I could patiently handle twenty 1st and 2nd grade students, how hard could it be to parent three kids?  Right?  But I currently feel like I'm in survival mode.  I am overwhelmed by all the responsibilities that my brain is telling me I need to juggle.  I LOVE my girls but I find myself saying, "I procreated myself out of my sanity," more times than I care to experience.  

Time-management is a weakness of mine.  I desperately want to think through and set up household routines that will help maintain order in our home . . . basically I want my home to run as peacefully as my classroom did.

To help with this, I've been listening in the car to an audiobook, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. Usually my kids ask for me to change it to music, but sometimes I can slip in some listening time for "mommy's turn." *Cause we mommies can only take so much of the Ghostbusters/Star Wars/Mary Poppins mix CD.*
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine (reviewed by Created for Learning, a Teachers Pay Teachers author)
Well, the other day we were getting ready to leave for a fun day-trip (so I was trying not to feel frantic, thinking I would forget something) and my just-turned-six-year-old daughter, online we'll call her Miss Responsible, came up to me and said her list was all done for this morning just like the lady on my CD said to do.  I stopped my swirling preparations to look at her and ask her for more details to see what she had paid attention to when listening.

She amazed me.

She led me into her bedroom where *Holycowwhendidshehavettimetodothis!* she had posted all these lists on her wall. She'd written her list for what she needs to do in a day.  It was on 4-separate pages and labeled accordingly, "Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Bedtime."  Well, I'm assessing, she may not know the difference between evening and afternoon.  :-) 



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Miss Responsible is starting to understand social media and emailing.  She asked if I could send an email to the author, Crystal Paine, letting her know that she was following her advice.  In Miss Responsible's words, "When my mom is in the car listening to your book, I am listening along with it and in the chapter when you said to make your daily list, I heard that and I made some."  She just informed me that she has updated her list since this picture because she forgot check-off boxes next to "disert".  I think adding "dessert" to my daily docket is a brilliant idea. ;)

This is so fun. Once again, I'm reminded not to underestimate our kids.  Miss Responsible has completed this organizational step before me. I'm proud of her and, hey, this should eliminate my need to tell her what to do in the morning since she obviously already knows what needs to be done. Right?!

          
I complimented her on how smart she was and she said, "It's not me, it's the CD. Hey, that rhymes."

Thank you, Crystal Paine, for your book. It is helping me . . . and my daughter. 


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20 comments:

  1. just came here from Crystal's blog--this is PRECIOUS, priceless--and inspiring! thank you

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  2. Kids are paying attention more than we think! Way to go Little One! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. So cute and so awesome at the same time! :)

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  4. Ha, ha, yes if you can start them young it's soooooooo much easier than when you have a tween who fights against anything that is reasonable to her mother....

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  5. That's fantastic! I love her maturity and motivation.

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  6. Here from MSM. Isn't it funny how kids pick things up so quickly and just do it?! I'm always amazed when they repeat something back to me and I realize they've been listening even though they didn't have to.

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  7. She is so smart!

    I too am a former teacher turned SAHM with 3 kids and I feel overwhelmed on a daily basis as well. Sometimes I stop and think, HOW did I do this with 20 five year olds every day, but it was so much easier teaching kindergarten than staying at home with 3 little ones... who would have thought?!

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    1. I remember while I was teaching, before I was a parent, people would say things about being able to send the kids home at the end of the day . . . there is much to be said for the 18 hours of mental break away from the children and not being "on-call" that likely played into our patience and coping abilities as teachers. I felt much smarter and capable as a teacher. Being a SAHM is really challenging my understanding of dependence on God. :-) Parenting is quite humbling.

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  8. That is awesome! Such initiative! By the way, I also feel like I "procreated myself out of my sanity" with 3 boys 3, 4, and 5. I need to get started on my checklist!! It was very smart of you to get the CD of Crystal's book, by the way. I have the Kindle version, so actually have to make time to read it!

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    1. I'm learning that audio books are great for this stage of my life, although my comprehension isn't as good as with visual reading but it is still better than nothing.
      I'm really trying to enjoy my kids during these young years, even if it is being juggled with finding my sanity. :-)

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  9. I'm hoping she included "fun" in her routines. If she has, she will be well rounded and unstoppable!

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  10. This is FANTASTIC! Absolutely love this :)

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  11. Awwww! LOVE it! My little girl loves making lists too. I should have her make up daily lists. Not only would she thinks it's fun, it would help keep me from having to remind her!

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    1. It has helped some with decreasing my daughter's need for reminders. It would be fun to see what things your little lady includes on her list.

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  12. I am working on helping my 6 year old understand how to create her own list, but in the meantime I have created a 'Responsibility List' she has used since she was 3. At 3 years old we started off with pictures she could understand like a toothbrush for brushing teeth, clothes, for changing into nightclothes, etc. Each child does things differently, but I learned at this age she needs lists to remember what to do. Now, the list is a lot longer, but we also have it categorized into morning routine in the order it should be done, coming home from school routine, and bedtime routine. We even have a reward system-for on our magnetic board for every responsibility she does she gets a magnet. In return, she pays a certain number of magnets back to do privileges like go to the park, screen time, game time, etc. The responsibility chart eliminated the question, "What should I do?" My goal the next couple years is to help her think about new responsibilities appropriate for her changing age and how she can be responsible to make her own lists to help herself.

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    1. Isn't it amazing and cool how different or kids can be?! We're on the constant journey to learn each child. Sounds liked you are too! 👍

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    2. Isn't it amazing and cool how different or kids can be?! We're on the constant journey to learn each child. Sounds liked you are too! 👍

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