I do believe I have been suffering from "mommy burnout" for awhile. Everything seems to take such tremendous effort, that more often that not I simply don't bother. And that's a problem. I have let many essential habits slip in myself, and not formed good habits in my children. And I think that is making my job 20 times harder.
I picked up my copy of A Charlotte Mason Companion yesterday, looking for some pearls of wisdom to help me combat this. This is what I found:
Sow an act, reap a habit,
sow a habit, reap a character,
sow a character, reap a destiny.
Thomas a Kempis
This is very, very deep to my way of thinking. I copied it out with a Sharpie on a scrap of pink paper and posted it on the fridge.
The habit we are going to work on this and next week is:
1. Clean the boys room before meals. No dinner until it's tidy.
2. If I notice a boy wandering around without certain articles of clothing, inquire as to it's whereabouts. Indubitably they will be found cluttering the floor.
I hope to make Monday my Habit of the Week post.