This next month I want to implement change in our family life. Research suggests that it only takes 21 days to form a habit, so between now and the end of February, which is longer than 21 days, all the below should become a habit, right!?
1. Screen time
My children spend way to much time on electronics! I haven’t got this quite figured out yet, but, I know this needs to change. When I do tell them to come off computers, they scream at the thought of coming off.
Not to mention for whatever reason the internet disconnects or is switched off! (when they misbehave) they’re down the stairs shouting, crying, as if it is the end of the world!
I swear all three of my girls are addicted to computers!
I think the following options could work to limit Kayleighs computer time:
2 hours screen time a day maximum.
Reward scheme – having to earn the time through good behaviour and carrying out tasks.
Lyndsay and Chloe are at an age where they need their computers to do homework.
I am going to do some research and see what methods other parents use.
2. Cleaning rota!
I don’t think this is going to go down to well with Lyndsay & Chloe! I struggle to get them to tidy their bedrooms; they’re horrendous, dirty clothes, mucky pots and generally a tip. When I ask them to clean their bedrooms, they shuffle bits about and then argue that they have done it, when they haven’t!
My usual response is “it is your mess; you have to live in it.”
I would like them to both to start taking pride in their space!
Instead, I have started to close the doors – out of sight, out of mind, I can only leave it for so long, and then I reach a point where I just have to clean it myself!
No more my little Darlings, cleaning rotas coming soon!
3. Laundry habits
I need to put the clean washing away, and not have a floordrobe mountain. Ha! I make a mistake by saving all the laundry for the weekend, and It makes the task so much harder!
It is incredible how time-consuming doing laundry for a family of 5 is!
So, I am aiming to do at least one or two loads of laundry on an evening.
In a bid that I won’t have any to do on the weekend!
I HATE ironing!
I don’t iron anything unless I need to, I take clothes out of the dryer and fold them up. My mum loves it! When Mum visits, she will happily stand and do our ironing #result
Hubby will not let me iron his shirts, “I want one crease in my sleeves, not 10.” ha!
We need to have a better bedtime routine with Kayleigh, our 8-year-old!
I aim to have her in bed by 8 o’clock; it does have a knock-on effect the next day’s behaviour.
Lyndsay & Chloe need to be more organized for school the following day. Mobile phones! Chloe is a little bit of a monkey for watching Youtube until 1 o’clock in the morning on her phone. I think that mobiles, Ipads, should be left downstairs on charge until the morning. They don’t use them for an alarm clock; wakeup calls is my job.
I plan on getting everyone out for a walk on the weekends, getting some much needed fresh air, and exercise. We have a large number of board games; I would like us to dedicate one evening a week to family night to a play game.