Behavior Boot Camp

I am starting to plan the rest of the semester and home school year. In looking over what I what to accomplish I realize the children’s behaviors and attitudes have slowly been changing over the past couple of months. The cleaning is not being done to our standards. The children are becoming more disrespectful toward Richard and I and each other. They have started up with more backtalk when asked questions or told to do something.

Another area I have noticed is lack of first time obedience. I have slacked off on the enforcement of this. I think is my lack of enforcement is contributing to the back talk and disrespect.

I am planning on taking the first week or two of January after our break and having a “life skills” crash course. I will be re-instructing the children on the correct ways to clean things like the bathroom, bedroom and kitchen. I will be reassigning chores. I will be enforcing first time, positive obedience. I will also be enforcing positive interactions with parents and each other, no more sassy talk or negative comments will be made toward each other. And I want them to hold me accountable too.

So the new year will be ushering in Behavior Boot Camp. I foresee interesting times ahead in the coming weeks.

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Only in a Homeschool

Homeschool was put on hold Wednesday. Dad and the boys had Life Skills training that needed to be done. While pulling out our school books for the day, the book shelf collapsed. I think it is time to go through and move some of them out of here. It is hard to believe how many books you accumulate in just two years, I don’t want to think about how many I will have when it comes to an end in 15 years or so.

But I love the fact we do homeschool. In the midst of a “crisis” we can just switch gears and move on to something as important as learning how to reinforce shelves.

Next up the boys will be researching how to build stronger storage shelves. We will need the stronger shelves for both homeschool books and our pantry storage, so they will be killing two brides with one stone, as the saying goes.

Richard will teach them how to read the plans, how to calculate the amount and types of wooden boards needed. They will figure out how much hardware is needed. They will inventory the tools to make sure we have them all that we need. Then they will take a trip to the big box hardware stores to price the options and calculate the price per shelf.

After that is all done, they will calculate how many shelving units we will need for the homeschool, garage storage area, and the basement storage areas. Then we will all sit down and prioritize which shelves need to be built first based on the stability factors of the existing shelves. Once this is all done, we will lay out a plan for construction of the shelves based on the available cash flow.

This project will use Math, Reading, Life Skills, Personal Finance, Economics, Budgeting and PE. Not mention social skills and a couple of field trips. Sounds like a great unit study to me!

Pax Christi!


A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome