Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6, KJV)
Many of us are familiar with this verse. Most of the time we hear it in reference to introducing children to scripture, prayer, and worship. However, like most good proverbs, it extends to all areas of life. We all know that good habits can be hard to create, but we also know how much better we feel once we’ve created them! I am a firm believer in starting good habits young, and today I want to show you some of the ways we are doing that in our home.
Our daughter Abbey is responsible for getting her own place setting our for meals. Plates, bowls and cups live in a lower cabinet, right in between our fridge and dishwasher. She also helps put her dishes away when they come out of the dishwasher. I love these dishes from IKEA, because I don’t have to worry about her dropping them or hurting herself, and they’re BPA free…win!
How many times a day do you hear it? “Mooooom, I’m hungry!” You may have spotted it in the last picture. This is our snack basket. It lives under Abbey’s dishes, and I do my best to keep it full of good, wholesome snacks that are easy for Abbey to grab on her own. She’s allowed to pick one snack from the basket each day, after that it’s fruit or veggies! I usually try to keep Cutie tangerines and sliced apples in the fruit drawer of our fridge for easy access.
Abbey can also grab her own drink when she is thirsty. We keep a stash of juice boxes in the bottom shelf of our refrigerator door. In order to stick to a one juice box limit (or at least try), we also keep a small plastic water bottle in there for her to grab.
Crafts and Games
We don’t have a lot of storage in our kitchen/dining/play area, so I purchased a small cabinet to hold craft supplies, games, Toddler Boxes, and school stuff. Abbey has total access to this cabinet all the time, and most if not all of the things in it require little to no help. Any of our messier craft supplies are kept in our art bin, which lives on top of this cabinet. Abbey knows to ask for them, and I can help her get set up.
Walking in the Door
At our house the front door spits you right into the living room. No foyer, no mudroom, not even a hallway. We don’t park in our (teeny tiny) garage, and even if we did, it doesn’t have a good storage space nearby either. As I’m sure you can imagine…the stuff can start to pile up quickly! I fixed this by adding a few temporary hooks and a shoe shelf to our coat closet. The closet itself is actually a good size (glory halleluiah!), so we utilize it as much as we can. Abbey knows that her shoes and things are supposed to go right into the closet. Even when I have to remind her, it’s still an easy task. Now, if only I could get my husband to stop taking off his shoes a foot inside the door…These pictures were taken during the school year, but those hooks would be great for beach bags and towels, too!
There they are, some of the simple ways we are creating good habits in our home. What are you doing? I would love to hear, so hook a girl up in the comments!
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