children is the most difficult task I have ever undertaken. I am
responsible, not only to nurture and protect my children, but to
teach them how to be responsible and caring adults for the future. I
am in charge of their physical and spiritual bodies.
Habits and Chores
a family, we work on good habits using a simple goal and reward
system. With my oldest children being 7 and 4 it works well for us.
The focus of the system is positive reinforcement. Together, my
husband and I pick a habit or trait to train for each child. We ask
the kids for a reward and we make a simple countdown calendar to use.
use Do-a-Dots to mark off our countdown.
my son, we wanted him to have proper work ethic in math class. We
wanted him to be consistent, methodical, and diligent. Each school
day he exhibited those traits without giving up, he was able to mark
off on his countdown. His reward was a stuffed snow leopard from the
zoo. He had to work for three months to get this, which helped him
establish a new habit.
When my daughter was younger, we wanted to establish proper potty training habits. She
had a similar countdown that she was able to mark a sticker for each
day she had dry pants. Her reward was face painting at the zoo.
is a very simple way to get kids excited about breaking a bad habit
or starting a new habit. Some other ideas include: books read,
homework completed, days practiced for an instrument, feeding a
family pet, etc. The ideas are endless. The hardest part is having an
appropriate reward. Rewards include: trip to the zoo, ice cream
sundae bar, a play date, etc.
way to build responsibility with kids is to have chores. Putting up
charts is an easy way to show clear expectations. My nine-year-old
son can easily read so I write his chores down in his planner. My six-year-old daughter is not a strong reader yet, so we use pictures to help her remember her chores. We have a
mix of written chore charts and picture chore charts for the kids.
They have morning, afternoon, and evening chores which don’t take
more than 5-10 minutes to complete at any one time. It is just enough
work to give them responsibility and learn habits for an organized
a parent of younger children, I am vigilante in setting the hearts of
my kids on the straight path to God. It can be hard because I have to
fight against the bad influences in this world, but God has entrusted
these beautiful souls into my care. Through the graces He gives me, I
shall build their character and train them to be warriors for our
favorite way to instill virtues into my children is to have them
memorize Bible verses. The Word is placed on their heart and they can
pull from it in times of need. We help them memorize the verses by
making a memory verse notebook. We work on a new verse every week and
write it down in the notebook so it is easy to reference for review.
We also put the verses on notecards for flashcard games. I have
learned many verses along with the kids. My daughter likes to put the
verses to music. My son likes to put the verses to movement. They
have different styles to learn the wisdom in their own ways.
biggest tip is to use a translation of the Bible that is easy for
kids to understand. We use the Good News Catholic translation which
is great for my kids. Here
is a list of a few of our favorite verses:
let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the
time will come when we will reap the harvest.”
have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ
Corinthians 9:8 “And
God is able to give you more than you need, so that you will always
have all you need for yourselves and more than enough for every good
your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what
you have. For God has said, ‘I will never leave you; I will never
that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be
afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever
children pay attention when their parents correct them, but arrogant
people never admit they are wrong.”