Inside the Guide, Section 6: Children and Parenting

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If you’re a stay-at-home mom, your children occupy the majority of your time. When you’re not caring for them, you’re probably still thinking about them, and that’s how it should be. Raising children to love and serve the Lord is the most important job you’ll ever have. After all, you didn’t choose to stay home so that you could have an immaculate house and a perfectly manicured lawn. Right?

You all know how much I adore my children, and I’ve never regretted my decision to stay home with them. However, I’ll be the first to admit that being home with young children, all day, every day, can be really tough. It’s exhausting and frustrating, noisy and demanding, repetitive and monotonous. You can’t even use the bathroom without little fingers appearing under the door, or your 6-year-old yelling, “Mom! What are you doing in there?” Sometimes you feel like you’re teetering on the edge of sanity, about to fall off….

This is why section 6 of the HMG is so important – it brings a little bit of order to the chaos.

For me, this section has 3 parts (you may need more or less, depending on how many children you have):

1) Parenting

This is where I keep articles about parenting topics, such as first aid, picky eating, raising financially responsible children, fun games and crafts, sleep requirements, etc. I also keep “Parental Consent for Medical Treatment” forms and “Babysitter Information” sheets here.

2) Bee’s section

3) The Cakester’s section

In these two sections I keep information that is specific to each child, such as:

1) Immunization records
2) Copies of birth certificates and social security cards
3) Growth charts
4) Medical information

I made my first, very basic version of the HMG right after Bee was born, because I was tired of frantically searching through drawers and file folders for the Tylenol dosing instructions every time she had a fever. Seriously. That’s what started it all.

The good news is, I always know where that is now–and so will you.

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Heather is a minimalist in love with a recovering packrat. 7 years ago, she and her husband sold pretty much anything that wasn't nailed down in order to pay off their mortgage, and they've been living happily debt-free ever since. They have 3 hilarious little kids who were conceived with the help of in vitro fertilization, and they haven't had a good night's sleep in the last decade. Heather is an anglophile who loves all things British, and spends her free time looking at real estate listings in Cornwall. Every day, she and her family work toward a simpler, more meaningful life. Some days are awesome, some are disastrous, and you can read about all of them here.

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