Dr. Denmark always emphasized the importance of a sensible, consistent household routine. "If you were building an important business, you'd have a system, and building a human being is the most critical thing on earth...Without a system, no home or life can function well. Keeping house is a wonderful school in which to teach the child that there is a time and a place for everything..."
Every successful business begins with brainstorming, prioritizing and planning. The "business" of homemaking is no exception.
Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
As a young mother, I learned that if we didn't take time to prioritize and plan for our family, life quickly became chaotic and we would find ourselves driven along by the priorities of others. "Plan your work and work your plan". Plan your work by praying for guidance and creativity. Next...
Mind Your Qs and Ps
Ask yourself questions: What is most important in family life? What are our goals for our family? What should be our time priorities?
On a practical level: What would we like to see accomplished around the house on a daily basis? What needs to be done weekly? monthly? yearly? Are my expectations realistic considering the ages of my children? There should be a balance between structure and flexibility. Am I achieving that balance?
Some priorities might be - Kitchen floor swept daily
-Den straightened before dinner -Bathrooms cleaned weekly
-Basement mopped monthly
The principle of delegation is vital to any good management, including home management. Delegate as many chores as you can to your children, considering their maturity levels and time commitments. In most cases, mothers underestimate the abilities of their children.
Designate at what time those chores are to be done. When our children were young, we kept a