So many of my (WAY to kind, generous, and positive) friends tell me, "You are such a great mom" and my honest immediate thoughts are, "You really have NO idea, do you?!?!?!?!"
So with that being said, I wont elaborate much on my faults, shortcomings, and lack of patience (we could go on and on and ON) but rather on the positive things I have been focusing on and trying to change.
With the start of my first in school, things have really changed around our house, and one change I am trying to implement (which also makes me happy) is schedules.
So one of the first things this new "school year" we are working on is CHORES. I grew up doing chores and think it is SO important for kids to have and UNDERSTAND responsibility in the home and family. We all need to know we contribute and participate and work together as a family. Yes this is harder to do when your kids are 5 & 3. But I have already found that they thrive on the responsibility and really step up, and (for the time being) actually ENJOY doing their chores. Go figure.
So check out what my kids age appropriate chores are, for ideas on how to implement this into your own family. (It is also editable, so you can make your own from this template).