|The courthouse on our town square.|
First of all, I plan to start Christian in "school". Well, not REAL school. :) We're just going to work on some basics. We're going to get his letters and numbers down, learn to tell time on a clock, maybe start some basic piano lessons from either myself or Andy. We've been learning how to rhyme words already and Christian loves it. I get so tickled! I try to make a game out of it where we think of little words that rhyme and try to make a story out of them, such as, "The fat cat in the flat hat chased the rat to the mat with a bat and then sat." Oh Christian LOVES it! While we are listing off words that rhyme, Audra, wanting to get involved will holler, "FROG" every so often. I guess I need to work with her as well on her rhyming skills. It's always "frog" no matter what we're rhyming. :) You know, frog is a hard one to rhyme. There are not a whole lot of words that have that sound. Maybe she's smarter than I giver her credit for. Forget cat, hat, rat, mat....try frog, .......hog,........log,.....whew! :)
I also want to start Christian on some chores. He loves to have a job to do and most of the time does it quite well (another thing we are instilling in our children-When you do a job, do it well, and don't make someone have to come behind you to clean up after you or correct it). Christian now washes dishes very well, and can even vacuum the floor so well I hardly ever have to go over it when he's done. And he's so happy when he's working! Its good for a child to have a job to do! It makes them feel useful and needed. It also helps them grow up. Work ethic these days stinks! I want my children to be hard workers and very efficient. I tell Christian that he's a young man and that I expect him to act like one. And he does...most of the time. I believe that if you treat a child like a baby, he's going to act like a baby. If you treat him like a young man or young lady at an early age, then they will act like that and will be "grown up in their youth".
Anyway, school for Christian. And potty training for Audra. Along with helping her speak clearly. I'm a firm believer in helping a child speak correctly and clearly. I understand some children take a little longer and some have legitimate issues that need more specific attention. But for the most part, if worked with and lovingly corrected, I believe a child can learn to speak clearly and properly at a very young age. Older siblings have a tendency to speak and fill in for the younger ones in the family, and parents do the same thing. Andy and I have always tried to gently correct Christian when he mispronounces a word, or gets a word or phrase out of context. He learns so fast and at three years old, speaks very clearly. I now catch him "teaching" Audra how to say words right. She's a year and a half and can usually tell me what she wants in so many understandable words. She's got a ways to go, but....well, that's my goal for this year. By the time she's two in April, I hope to have her combining words into clear sentences. She is beginning to take an interest in books so that will help. I'm also a firm believer in getting books into a child's hand and also reading them to the child. I know it helps their speaking and understanding skills!
And lastly but not least, I plan on serving the Lord to the best of my ability this year! He's blessed me and given me more than my hearts desire! I feel at times that "life" bogs me down, hinders me from doing more for Him. But, I've come to realize that I am doing exactly what He wants me to do by pouring myself into my children and trying to raise them to love and serve Him. Motherhood is my job right now. My calling. Everything else is extra. And when those little extras come my way, I thank the Lord for the added opportunity to serve Him and I try to do the job to the best of my ability. I pray that I will do a better job of being a wife and mother next year than I was in 2013. I pray that, with the Lord's help, I will look back at the end of 2014 and be able to scratch a few more things from my "chore list".
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might! Ecclesiastes 9:10