So my husband will be gone for the next six weeks and I was pondering this morning how I can make sure we don't slip into the survival mode mom and kids that we sometimes do when he leaves and I'm parenting alone ... the kids who spend too much time on YouTube and Minecraft and the mom who allows it because she's wiped ... have you met that mom? Yeah, that's us if I'm not careful.
So I'm going to make the meals, not order the pizza. That kinda thing.
I had a lightbulb moment and thought it would be fun for the kids to make Dream Boards, or Vision Boards, if you will, to try and pinpoint some goals they have and maybe next time they're board or playing Super Mario, they can instead ask themselves, "Is there something else I could do?" They loved this idea and we go to work. We got out file folders, magazines, scrap paper and Sharpies.
What I didn't expect is how much fun and eye opening this activity would be FOR ME. I'll get to why in just a minute, but first, here's my finished dream board:
It's not fancy. And these aren't goals with any specific time frame, although I feel like they're mostly things that I'd like to accomplish within the year.
I'd like to read ten biographies this year, and this is the part when I tell you why this was eye opening for me. Today I took the kids to the pool and we had the place to ourselves (homeschool perks) and I was reading while they played. I was finishing up The Magnolia Story. Sometimes I feel like my time would be better spent getting things accomplished at home than sitting by the pool, but reading that book while there, after just having finished this dream board, reminded me that I was actually doing something in that moment that fit into a goal I had. It was not a waste of time! And, in those moments when I really am wasting time, it will hopefully be a reminder to me that I could be utilizing that time to do something that meets a goal I have, even if it's just reading.
Here are a few closer looks:
And to explain a few things:
- I'm trying to memorize the book of Ephesians. I'm slow at memorizing! But there's an app called Verses. So helpful!
- I'm doing the 28 day barre program on SuzanneBowen.com. Love her!! I've been taking an adult ballet class for several months, and can tell I've improved a lot since starting her program at home.
- I want to find ways to serve Casey in little ways. Like taking the trash cans to the curb sometimes. Because yeah, that's a guy's job, but I can do it and bless him in the process. Or maybe not sigh when he asks me to iron his Class B pants. Ha!
- I have goals for my home sewing class business and also for monetizing this blog and my YouTube channel that require some specific online actions and I'm working on those steadily. It's important to me that that growth happen in an authentic and honest way, which makes growth slower, but I'm fine with that.
The rest is pretty self explanatory. But here are the kids'! They each turned out so differently. They really had a lot of fun with this, I highly recommend you try it with your kids!
This is Layla's. She really loves Nerdy Nummies on YouTube so I encouraged her to start trying some of the recipes. She wants to save for the book and we're going to gather some cake supplies to get her started. Also, she means memorize the books of the Old Testament, not the entire Old Testament, haha.
Annnnd Kelby's. His makes me laugh, I think it's so cute. You can see today he's very into Meccano. Yesterday this dream board could have been all about Legos and tomorrow it could be about Minecraft. But, today it's Meccano. And golf. He has a golf goal, so he gave one robot a club and ball.
Have you made a dream board? Is this something you would try? I think it's the visual person's spreadsheet, HAHA! If you do this yearly, or regularly, or just for business, or spiritual goals, or if you try it with your kids, I would love to hear about it!