Your child learns to read in school, They learn to write in school, They gain knowledge in school.Your child learns to love at home, They learn life skills at home, They gain wisdom at home.Your part in their education is vital!

Storm in a Teacup?

It was interesting to see how a recent post on Facebook caused a storm in a teacup. It was entitled ‘Age-Appropriate Chores for Children’ by Maria Montessori.  Some parents supported the concept of giving chores to children, many others were horrified at the idea, and another group of parents said the list was impossible to achieve and their children would simply refuse to do it.

Although we wouldn’t agree with the appropriateness of everything she has put on the list that isn’t the main focus we want to take. Rather it should be up for discussion why the word ‘chores’ really got so many negative connotations? A chore is a routine task, usually a general household one. So what’s the big deal? Don’t we all need to learn how to keep a home clean and in good shape?

Life Skills

Teaching your child that keeping a home is a team effort is important not only for their ‘skill set’ but for their future relationships. Fear of treating our kids like servants actually has the effect that we instead become their servants. We encourage their egocentricity and then wonder why teenagers become narcissistic. Teach your kids how to serve not just give the orders. Share on X

Training & Treasuring

Training your child does not mean that you don’t treasure them, it actually means you do. It takes a whole lot of work to get reluctant children to help out around the home. I found it valuable to press a mental fast-forward button. I thought about their long-term happiness, their ability to be a good wife or husband and the skills they would need to do life well. That gave me enough incentive to push through the difficult times and teach them important life skills.

Here is the list that Maria Montessori came up with. What do you think of it? Are there other skills you think children should be taught? Are there skills which are too difficult for the suggested age group? We would love to hear from you!

Bringing Worlds Together Book

Many couples struggle to get on the same page in marriage. Whether you are newlyweds or have been married for years Bringing Worlds Together will help you blend together. Expect to learn more about your spouse, gain insight and be challenged.

Are you ready to move closer rather than drift apart?

Available in print and ebook formats.

Adjusting Expectations Book

No-one enters marriage expectation free. Adjusting Expectations helps identify how expectations were formed and whether or not they were realistic. Most expectations need some adjustment; they are often too high but can also be set too low. The good news is expectations can be reset!

Find out what you should expect and what God expects from you.

Available in print and ebook formats.

Improving Communication Book

Most couples would willingly admit that their communication could do with some improvement; although many people also point the finger of blame squarely at their spouse for communication failures. Whether you believe it’s your fault, their fault or that you’re both to blame, this book is for you! There is always room for improvement.

Available in print and ebook formats.

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