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Well they really are not secrets, but rather stratigies that work for me and my kids.
1. Have a schedule. It can be as simple or as complicated as it sounds, but use what works for you. My schedule started when the kids where infants and I kept their feedings on a tight 2 hour schedule. From there we developed nap schedules, and now school schedules. The important thing about a schedule is to remain
2. Consistent. Pick what works and stick with it. There will be times when those boundaries get pushed and tested, but the key is to remain consistent. If naps happen at 12:30pm then unless there is an emergency that is what time nap is. As my children grew up nap has been moved to 1pm for the littlest and 2pm for the oldest but I will move my life around those precious times. Not only is consistency important with the schedule but how you choose to discipline them requires keeping things the same. I believe the human spirit wants something that will remain the same. It gives us freedom to live within boundaries, and that’s a good thing.
3. Pray. I know I should have put that on the top, but never the less pray, and pray often. People like to say “kids did not come with a manual,” but I think they did and our connection with the author, God, is through prayer. We are not born with patients, but we can ask for it every time we need it and it’s given. God will encourage, and uplift when we ask, He will protect we aren’t there, and He will instruct on what we should do next. I think in all things pray.
4. Love your spouse. Your spouse will be there when the kids go to bed, and he’ll be there when they leave the nest. You loved him first, so never forget to give time to the man you fell in love with. G and I will be married 7 years this August and we are continually learning how to regroup after the kids go to bed. It is very easy to pass each other without a word said, but choose not to let that happen every night your kids need both of you.
I am sure there are more then 4, so if you have one to add to the list post me a comment I would love to hear it.