When Mom is Down I had minor surgery yesterday. I left my 9th grader in charge of my 3 musketeers and was chauffeured to the hospital by my best friend (the love of my life for 23 years now). Everything went well with me and I eventually made it home around 6:00pm. This is what I found. The house was clean and most of the laundry was done. All 5 boys helped. Dinner was ready. My oldest makes pizza better than I do now. The house was decorated, cards were made, and there was a gift wrapped. Did I mention it was my 44th birthday? You might say, wow she’s such a blessed and lucky woman. While that is true, it’s taken years of training to get here and I want to encourage you today. Take the time today to teach your children daily living skills. If they can make a mess, they can be taught to clean it up. Give your kids daily team tasks (chores) and mentor them until they can do them independently. Teach your kids to cook. Let your kids decorate, wrap, and prepare for birthdays. (I say “let” because I hogged this price ledge for too long). Allow your older kids to babysit if they are responsible, loving, and kind. If they are not then begin working with them so they become that way. As a homeschool mom, I cannot tell you how great of a blessing it was to come home last night and find my children healthy, happy, and excited that they had worked so hard together because they knew it would bless and help me. Spend the time now to train your children to be the adults they are to become. Great adults do not appear by accident. They are nurtured and trained on purpose. While it is important that my kids read, write, and do math it is more essential that they grow up to be productive, hardworking, loving, and kind men (all my kids are boys). I would love to hear from you… What life skills are you teaching your kids?