Get up early enough that you have the time to put yourself together. I have gotten in a bad habit of not drying my hair each day due to lack of time. It actually makes me cranky all morning because I subconsciously feel disheveled. Crankiness leads to negative intensity.
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Something as simple as drying your hair can actually make a difference in your ability to set the tone for a peaceful home each morning. I was sleeping with my iPad next to my bed and the first thing I would do each day was check email and go on Facebook. I would get overwhelmed, annoyed, or overly engrossed in what was there. I compulsively want to grab my iPad or phone if they are there, so they both had to be officially expelled from my room to prevent the temptation in support of number 2 above.
I have to ask God for wisdom and perspective to be personally at peace and to create a more peaceful home. If we are just driving to the park on a lazy Saturday, I simply help them do it. Same problem, different reactions, with the only variable being how late we are. When you ARE running late, think about the size of the universe. And it works. The other morning, we were doing great on time getting ready for school and were about to head out the door. I smelled something bad and after some investigation found that Nathan needed to be completely changed after what appeared to be an unusual potty disaster.
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By the time we were driving, I knew we would be late for school. Rather than stress about it, I started focusing on how insignificant being 10 minutes late to school is in the scope of the universe and how tiny we are. It puts it all in perspective. Check this out to help with your visualization! At least temporarily, suspend the rules that lead to greatest conflict. As one example, I was constantly battling my kids over their need to ask to be excused from the table. Instead of time outs, I just ask them to get back in their seats.
At least temporarily, stop bugging your kids about things that are simply annoying but not harmful. Kenna has started picking at her nails and toes. This drives me crazy. I was also driving HER crazy by reminding her not to do it 20 times per day. Each time she would get annoyed and I would subsequently get annoyed by her response, leading to frequent discipline.
Parents are still annoyed by or frustrated at their kids, and kids are still upset they were in trouble. After discipline I go the extra length to clear the air by doing something funny, quickly changing topics, or chasing them around. This works wonders. It immediately breaks the ice to go on with your day in peace. So this is really only a reminder.
Refer back to number 6 for a possible solution. I expect perfection by nature. This might sound bad, but the more I expect my kids to fail, the less intense I get when they do. It simply means I am gaining a more realistic view of the human sin nature and have gained perspective accordingly.
When one child is intensely freaking out, it creates intensity with the other kids almost immediately. They stay there until they are calm, then they can return to be with the family. Every single time we pray together, peace truly comes over our home! When there is a lot of intensity going on, stop everything. Gather the family. Sit down and ask God to bring peace to your day! That might sound difficult. Just try it. God works through it.
Like many women, I am proud of my ability to multi-task. While Bryan is only able to focus on pouring a cup of coffee, I can proudly pour coffee, take a turn in Candyland, read my email, and issue a time out at the same time. The problem is that I get easily annoyed with the kids or Bryan when my mind is scattered. Before your head hits the pillow, make sure you know exactly what you need to get done the next day.
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I read one chapter per night. How about you? What things have you found to make your home more peaceful? Natasha, you and I could be the best of friends! I swear I nodded my head knowingly with every point you made here. This is wonderful advice. I fall asleep every time I start to read late at night. Electronics in the room. My iPhone sits on a stool right next to my side of the bed, within grabbing distance. It sits in my back pocket throughout the day too. I need to break free from technology.
One of my goals is to set a Writer Work Schedule so I can avoid this problem in the future. Although I recognize that will be extremely difficult since my personal stuff is handled on that phone as well. Can I just tell you I revert to 3 year old very easily when provoked by my children. I wonder if they notice? Seriously, these are all great tips.
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