Momma's Rules

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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Being a part of a family is not something you can opt out of, just because you don't feel like it. Parents don't even get to take a day off from being a parent when they're sick. So, a child's lack of initiative is not be a viable excuse. If said chore is not done onrepparttar given day, unless otherwise pardoned, that child could be gotten out of bed at mid-night, if need be, to get it done.

Note:repparttar 147116 daily chore should be lighter provided item #3 is also implemented.

3.) Learning to work as a team is a necessary tool for life.

Upon age of ability to learn, every child would have a part inrepparttar 147117 preparation of meals and or clean up ofrepparttar 147118 kitchen; without complaint.

Those who participate inrepparttar 147119 preparation of a given family meal may or may not be excused from cleanup, depending upon fairness and necessity.

Children may haverepparttar 147120 option of choosing their particular kitchen chore(s), provided that works towardrepparttar 147121 benefit ofrepparttar 147122 whole; final decision is up to adult(s), which decision may or may not alter daily and may also depend upon an individual child's need to learn a new task.

No one is excused from kitchen detail, unless otherwise pardoned, untilrepparttar 147123 entire project is complete. Therefore, it is torepparttar 147124 benefit ofrepparttar 147125 whole to help each other toward completing needed tasks. And, it goes much more smoothly when everyone makes up their mind to get along.

4.) If children have such excessive penned up energy but what they can't seem to stop picking on each other or a general running off ofrepparttar 147126 mouth which seems to be controlling them, these precious angels must have a serious physical problem they need our help with.

Therefore, except a stronger response is deemed necessary, each and every verbal and physical unkindness will be met with an additional chore that is to commence being accomplished fromrepparttar 147127 moment so assigned. Of course, this law of consequences is only offered as a means to help them work off some of that penned up energy.

In such event,repparttar 147128 first chore is to be minute. Then, ifrepparttar 147129 behavioral issue is not immediately resolved, kindly let them know they can complete another chore when they get that one done. This procedure is to be continued, slightly increasingrepparttar 147130 degree of pressure, with each offense, until a task can be completed (from start to finish) without sounding off or otherwise having acted out.

The remarkable thing is that most children catch on really fast. And, you thought it couldn't be done. :-)

2005 by Joyce C. Lock http://www.angelslight.org/viewauthor.php?id=8 http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.


Ties that Bind

Written by Joyce C. Lock


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True, they will either be your heavenly cheerleaders or your heavenly sand paper. But, in either case, they have purpose.

I once heard said that Jesus' family did not recognize who He was, spiritually ~ that they only knew Him as family. So, I imagine He knew that hurt, too.

None-the-less, we may fail to realize that others are also looking at us to validate who they are. And though we can't be their everything, we can make sure our mouth doesn't call others things they are not.

When we have checked our heart and motive, and our heart condemns us not, God is pleased. He doesn't look for perfect people, just perfect hearts ~ as God knows who we are spiritually. Therein is where we get our confidence, assurance, self esteem, and such.

And even when our behavior is out of line, due to other's blows, God seesrepparttar source. Yet, as we grow in seeking and accepting only God's approval, we have less need to respond to negative input ~ as their opinion isn't what counts.

When we depend upon people for our self worth, we set both them and us up to fail.

People fail us. But, God never will.

2005 by Joyce C. Lock http://www.angelslight.org/viewauthor.php?id=8 http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.


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