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Little Is Much
Volume 118, Program 19
1/2/2013
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Are small adjustments in your daily habits really a big deal? If you’re struggling to counter stress and create more margin in your life, the answer is yes! Author, speaker, and homeschooling mom Carol Barnier has more on today’s Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith.

Mike Smith:
Carol, on our last program you talked about how moms can make an attitude shift to give their lives more breathing room. Let’s talk about some practical ideas today. Do you have tips for some little changes that can make a big difference for overworked, stressed-out moms?

Carol Barnier:
I used to feel that bath time, that just ate up way too much of my time. So one of my favorite solutions was to bring a big Rubbermaid tub into the kitchen. And I would put a couple inches of water in it, and I’d let my toddler take a bath while I worked on dinner. I kept him a safe distance from the cooking area, I need to say, but I could keep an eye on him while I was still getting my work done.

Another set of my ideas, though, is to encourage moms to view downtime differently. ‘Cause I try to have my family arrive, for example, not just on time, but actually a little early. Because that way, if something unexpected comes up, like maybe—I don’t know—a leaky diaper, or some paperwork is forgotten or something like that, we have time to correct it. And also by arriving early, we would often sit in the car and just enjoy each others’ company.

But I’ve come to see these little snatches of time here and there where we actually connect with each other, that sometimes that was the most valuable thing I did with my family all week.

Mike:
Carol, those are great tips! Moms could really simplify their daily lives with some of these—and thanks for bringing this help to our listeners today! Until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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Carol Barnier has more encouragement for homeschooling moms in her book, If I’m Diapering a Watermelon, Then Where’d I Leave the Baby?: Help for the Highly Distractible Mom! Learn more and discover Carol’s other work by visiting her website at carolbarnier.com

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