Episode 184:  Weekly Prep For Your Kids

Episode 184: Weekly Prep For Your Kids

We talk a lot about weekly prep here on the show because it is one of the main systems we teach to help you create balance in your life as a working mom.  In fact, if you have not yet grabbed our free course, Weekly Success Planning, I highly recommend that you do.  You can get it inside the Your Life Rocks app on Android or iTunes or go to WeeklySuccessPlanning.com

But let’s face it, a large part of what we do outside of work is for our kids.  So this episode was a long time coming.  In fact, the idea for this show came from our awesome community of other working Christian moms.  Are you a member?  Click here to join us on Facebook.

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Action Items and Tips From the Show

Areas to help your kids create balance for:

  • Faith
  • Friends
  • Health
  • Family
  • Education
  • Money
  • Personal responsibility for their things
  • Fun

When doing your planning, here are age recommendations for how much to involve your kids:

  • 0-5 Do for them
  • 6-12-include them
  • 13-17 lead them

Practical tips:

  1. Decide what areas of life are applicable to your kids
  2. Set intentions for each of those areas (involve your kids in the process)
  3. Look at the week ahead and try to spot any potential obstacle that could derail the intentions
  4. Remove any obstacles you can
  5. Prep schedule, people, needs, and things. 

Now that we are getting into the thick of this, it’s important to note that there are two purposes here.  1. Teach your kids this life skill. 2. Actually prep for the upcoming week.

If you feel like you are not ready for number one, head straight to number two with no shame.  If you don’t want to involve your kids, you are not ready for that, they are not ready for that or any other reason that you do not need to justify….that is totally fine.

I know that this list sounds long and exhausting.  As moms, we do a lot. And that is why it’s good to involve your kids.  Even if they don’t set the intentions, have them help you do the things.  My older son and I go through his schedule for the week together. He can pull it up on his computer and we go through what he has going on, what he needs, and who is doing what.  It’s a great time of connection. You can also delegate some this to your husband or other caregivers. But you get to direct the show.

So now you get to put this into practice.  You can do this!

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Episode 122: The Purpose and Process of Weekly Planning

Episode 122: The Purpose and Process of Weekly Planning

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Since the intention of this podcast is to help you build balance into your everyday life, I wanted to take a moment to think about the purpose behind one of my favorite systems. Weekly Prep is one of my favorite things to discuss on the show. It’s a habit that has allowed me so much freedom and breathing room throughout the week, and I know it will change your life too. Beyond just giving you the practical steps for weekly prep, I also wanted to challenge your perspective on it. 

Perspective is all about reinforcing our intentions. If intention is the action you take, perspective is the purpose behind it. Let’s approach Weekly Prep with a renewed perspective together today, knowing that it is not magic, but a system to help you in your pursuit of balance. It is also a discipline, but as you develop the habit, you are managing the chaos. When I don’t do my Prep, my weeks are often more stressful. 

My original plan this week was to talk about personal development, but I had to listen to God’s prompting as I planned this episode. Ultimately, God is the first and most important pillar of a balanced life. He has called us to his standard of living, so when we dive into Weekly Prep together, let’s remember what He has spoken to us in love. 

Let’s check in with our purpose today. I don’t complete my Weekly Prep to make my life easier, although it does most of the time! In fact, it’s not about me at all. As I plan my week, I use the system as an opportunity to remind my husband and my children that I am serving and caring for them. Think about it as a way to speak into the lives of the people you love. It’s a way to say, “I’ve got your back!” 

Who are your most important people? Start your Weekly Prep for them! 

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I use my weekly planning as a way to let me husband and my children know that I here for them. I have their back.

 

 

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