We always seem to have a house full of kids in the summer. As of this past Sunday, we have five kids here at home. My three-year old great-niece and my sixteen-year old nephew are here with us in addition to my three kids.
It’s not unusual to have family (mostly kids) visiting us during school breaks or summer vacations. We’ve always lived in another state, so we don’t get to see family on a day-to-day basis. I enjoy spending time and building relationships with them. We love on them like our own.
My husband and I are very family focused, and believe in spending time with and helping those we love. We’ve been blessed in countless ways and when we are in a position to share we do.
I’m grateful that my nieces and nephews actually want to spend time with our family. It means a lot that they enjoy our company. To make sure that our household continues to run smoothly we set a few simple ground rules. We don’t change any rules, they just fall in line especially if the kids are older. Here are a few general ground rules that we establish early on in a family meeting.
1. We treat each other with love and kindness. No name calling or mean words. We talk about our problems.
2. Household chores and cleanliness are important. A schedule will be created for loading and unloading the dishwasher and other chores as assigned.
3. Reading is important. Everyone needs a good book.
4. Electronic and computer use will be monitored and limited. You must get out and enjoy the sunshine even if it is in the backyard.
5. Do your part and we’ll get out and have some fun. Make a list of things you would like to do.
I’m very clear about my expectations for behavior, and chores on day one. We live in a cooperative household so my kids contribute to helping out around the house. I am not the housekeeper although I do believe in keeping my house in order.
I’m affectionately known as Aunt Nique by my niece and nephew. They know that they can count on Aunt Nique. We try to expose them to new and different experiences while they are here.
My kids are a great help with the three-year old. She’s quite demanding and knows exactly what she wants. I kind of like that quality but we have to help soften her up a bit by redirecting her words. She’s a cutie though and we enjoy having her here. She definitely adds excitement to our household.
It does take a village to raise a child. My hope is that the experiences they have with us will influence their development in a positive way.
What are you grateful for today?
Peace and Blessings,