So last night we had a family council to go over the schedule again and our family work schedule. Maybe one of these mornings I'll post about that. So today we should be "back in the saddle again" as so many say around here.
As I was discussing things with our children and while we were trying to get them into bed earlier than they are use to going at the present I noticed my children have a lack of
When it takes us an hour to get an 8, 9, 10 and 12 year old to bed I think their may be a problem. Water breaks, teeth brushing, potty breaks, kisses and hugs, prayers, fighting, more kisses and hugs, in and out of bed. It doesn't end. When I say it's time for breakfast chores they scatter like the wind and what should take 5 minutes somehow ends up taking 30 minutes. Does anyone else have this problem? Of course I realize I shouldn't say they have a problem with efficiency I should say I haven't taught them to be efficient.
New plan. Teach my children how to be efficient. I decided that we would start doing vocabulary words. The purpose not being to teach them random words, but to teach them new words and have them apply them to their life. I'm not sure how long it will last but at least until we get the word efficiency down. So I pulled out my handy dandy 1828 Websters Dictionary and read: "Causing effects; producing; that causes any thing to be what it is...." My own definition would be, "making good use of your time especially with your stewardships."
So my first plan was to teach them the meaning. (check) Now to encourage them to make goals and recognize situations in their life times when they can be more efficient. I plan to review the word daily for a while. Perhaps if they know the word then they can become the word right?