Do you ever suddenly get slapped in the face with an area you aren’t doing so well in? I was doing a quick read of Chapter 10 in “School Education” for the upcoming blog carnival, and I got one of those slaps.
The discipline of habit is never complete until it becomes self-discipline in habits. It is not a trifle that even the nursery child messes his feeder, spills his milk, breaks his playthings, dawdles about his small efforts. The well-trained child delights to bring himself into good habits in these respects. — vol 3 pg 107
Wow. My children are not nursery children as far as I understand. I suppose my youngest, at 4, might be. But my boys are 11, 9, and 7! My 9yo is King of Dawdling. They all tend to be a bit…. less than careful. We’ve had spilt milk, missed-the-plate mustard — leaving a mess on the table, and having to be called back multiple times to deal with the issue. We won’t go into messes and broken playthings. It would be too much!
At some point, every mother hears the sad truth: you can’t expect what you don’t inspect. And I know it’s time to change. But how?
That’s always the rub – getting from the knowing to the doing to the completing. We’ve started with a general decluttering (less stuff to clean & care for). Our current new habit is saying our memory verse every meal. I think we can add a second habit: if you eat, you help clean up. Every meal.
Habit formation, slow and steady, is my “main thing” this year. I plan to revisit and update progress on our habits each month. This year’s hero: the Tortoise!