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Looking after Yourself - Issue 288
February 22, 2013
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This week We are finding our rhythm in our studies – for some subjects I planned too much time and in other areas we could do with a bit extra, so a few tweaks are going on. Overall though our studies are going well – the kids are enjoying what we are learning, and we are being consistent and not being distracted! That is my first goal for this year – to re-establish study habits.
Drama has started for Naomi, and a girls Bible study, which Jess helps with has also started. Daniel has done a little painting this week as we continue to get Joshua’s new room ready. We bought Daniel his first work boots – he is growing up!! Today Naomi has woken early and gone to work with Peter as he has several horses to see around the valley. He needed a ‘scribe’ to keep the paperwork in order so Nomi’s his girl!! And me? I’ve been scrapbooking whenever I can get the chance! Tonight we head off to the yearly Bushdance which is a community event we all enjoy.
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Looking After Yourself
As mums, we get so focused on looking after everyone else, that we forget to look after ourselves. Mind you, I think the dads do the same – they get so busy earning an income, to look after everyone else, they too forget to look after themselves.
We are made up of the spiritual, moral, emotional, physical, intellectual and social – and just like we address all of those issues for our kids, we need to address each of those areas for ourselves as well. We have our own personality (introvert/extrovert), we have our own temperament, learning styles and love languages. We need to recognise the different ways we are made up and look after ourselves.
One of the things that helped me with this when my kids were young was the idea that I was responsible for looking after myself. Peter supported me and was available to help me at times, but ultimately I needed to recognise my needs, and think creatively to find solutions within my lifestyle. One of the things that helped me the most after recognising this was teaching my kids to respect my needs – to respect my need to visit with a friend, to be creative, to read or exercise. We teach them to respect other people, we need to teach them to respect us as well. Coming from this perspective meant that I could meet some of my needs, even though Peter was at work. I taught them:
Our lives are so full doing the things we think we need to do, that it makes sense to look for quick fixes but in the long run we need to find balance. Next week I’m going to write about finding balance in other areas of our life, but for this week can I encourage you to reflect on how well you look after yourself and if there is an area or two where you need to change.
I’m not at all encouraging us to look after ourselves before the needs of other people. I would never have left my child crying for me, while I finished sewing a garment or reading a chapter of my book. It isn’t about ignoring our other responsibilities and luxuriating in our own bliss, but rather acknowledging that a part of our responsibilities is our own self.
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Blending Life with Lessons e-book - Does your everyday life challenge your homeschool ideas? This is my journey as I discover that it is possible to disciple my children in today's busy lifestyle.
Heart Focus Parenting book/e-book - A heart focused parent will keep their attention on their child's heart for God, instead of on external behaviours.
Restoring the Heart, Mind and Soul of Christmas Do your Christmas celebrations line up with what you believe? Do your celebrations help your children learn more about Jesus?
This e-book is based on a workshop I held for a couple of years to help families see that Christmas can be a significant tradition in our family life. If we are intentional about how our family celebrates we have the opportunity to use this time to teach our children about Jesus, and his love for each one of us.
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