Keep realistic expectations.

How to organize your attitude #2 A potent attitude poison is unrealistic expectations. When we make a to-do list full of our own pet projects when our time is actually taken up with our children and their needs, we’re going to be grumpy and feel our children are getting in the way. Instead, we need to put them on our to-do lists and make sure we meet their needs before we add more in. When we think that we can … Read More

What makes a good teacher? – Plato on learning & teaching

I’m reading The Great Tradition this year, and posting about it as I go. I’ve had a few people ask about a schedule, but I’m not committing to anything but slow progress. I’m taking a page from Brandy on slow reading and sitting down most days to read two or three pages at a time. Today’s commonplace quote is from page 4. I told you I am reading it slowly! This selection is from Plato, the first philosopher on education … Read More

How to focus on habits not results

Or, Four Focused Ways to Build Habits So much goal setting advice out there focuses on achieving certain outcomes. We’re supposed to set our eyes on a particular result we want to reach and work until we get there. Maybe – maybe – this works with projects, but very little of our lives at home are project-based. Most of our time is spent in the day-in, day-out routines that build our home and family. Listen to this post! http://media.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/content.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/Whole_SO_ep38_FINAL.mp3 SO038: … Read More

A teacher must pay attention.

What is education? I love to collect quotes on what education means. Definitions are important, because without them we can be using the same word but with entirely different understandings of what we’re talking about. Without understanding what it is we’re trying to do each and every day with our children, we flounder and fall back on our defaults – what’s easiest rather than what’s best. Knowing definitions is utterly practical. CH057: A Teacher’s Attention So today’s quote, still from … Read More

One Quick Hack to Improve Your Plan

Write your plan the night before and supercharge your day. The day was over. The kids in bed, the house quiet. Time to sigh, breathe deep, and decide how to relax. I glanced down and I caught sight of my daily index card plan I’d made that morning. Ugh. I’d totally forgotten about it after the hubbub of the day had begun. I had begun with such high hopes and ended up feeling like I’d simply held on for dear … Read More

The reason for education

Last year my word of the year was virtue. Talk about an overwhelming word of the year! In that post, I wrote: Virtue is the goal of classical education, which is my “day job” as a homeschooling mother. The goal isn’t the math lesson, the goal is growing the person doing the math lesson. Virtue is not only knowing Christ, but acting like it. If we know Christ, we must act in accordance with Him. Virtue is becoming Christlike. Virtue … Read More

5 Habits for a More Productive Year

Do you want to be more productive in 2016? What does being productive even mean? It’s not simply getting more done, but getting the right things done, done well, and done cheerfully. Whether or not you want to do more in 2016, I bet you want to do what you do better – whether that means more consistently, more joyfully, or more skillfully. Me, too. Listen to this post! http://media.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/content.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/Whole_SO_ep42_FINAL.mp3 SO042: Productive Habits Just because I write about productivity and … Read More

What a Novel Taught Me about Housework

Years ago, when my third born was just a baby, I hated housework. I was torn between wanting to be a good, competent homemaker and thinking that the state of my bedroom or the kitchen wasn’t a big deal. I could get meals on the table, keep things stocked, and complete a project just fine. But the day-in day-out routine tasks were a drag. I’m not going to say that I love those routines now or that I totally rock … Read More

Why should I clean my house?

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Personally, I always wanted a home to keep. I never wanted a career. I have only ever wanted a home and family to tend. I’ve never questioned that it is worthwhile. Whenever I think of it I am flooded with gratitude that God gave me a husband and home so early, so that I didn’t have to find some random job or feel obligated to pursue a … Read More

Gratitude will make you more productive

Why do we do what we do? Sometimes, an end result can look the same even when the motivations behind the action are opposite. We might be cleaning our kitchen to impress guests. Our motivation is to look good, to appear other than we are, to have our guests think highly of us. We clean because we are thinking of what others might think or say of us. We might be cleaning our kitchen to keep up our pride. Our … Read More

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