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An Agile Family

One of my weekly goals is to listen to a TED talk. Sometimes I do this in the car on the drive to my parties, sometimes at night before bed.

I’ve fallen out of the practice lately. Along with not reading as much, follow that up with not cooking meals but on rare occasion, toss in a dash of the house is pretty much trashed post-Christmas still and meal planning?( I was planning on calling for Chinese.) January is often the hardest month of the year for me. Sun-deficient days only further complicate things when you are off your parenting game.

Sunday I spent a lot of time in bed, trying to figure out how to re-set things around here.  Starting with focusing on my TED goal, I stumbled upon this talk, which inspired all sorts of ideas and new methods of getting our family life back on track.

In a matter of what seems like a blink, we went from a one-income family with no work travel responsibilities to a two-income family with travel responsibilities(s.) Thankfully my schedule is flexible and I travel much less than my husband, but nonetheless, winging it doesn’t work when you are managing a family and careers.

We’ve adjusted and adapted and learned how to tag-team, and our kids have been generally and surprisingly great for us when we are each parenting solo and together. With a 10, 7 and 4 year old all wanting more independence, I can admit that I have been lazy in communicating consistent chores because sometimes it’s just so much easier to do it myself. With independence comes responsibility.

I know that I set the pace and the mood around here, and when I take the lead in controlling the chaos by implementing simple things like family meetings, seeking feedback from them, and basic checklists.  We have done all of these things before, just not as habitually as we should. We’ve pretty much been doing this method of parenting all along, it suits us.

I never want my kids to answer the question, ‘If you were granted one wish about your parents, what would it be?” with “be less stressed and less tired” like most children respond. I hope you will take the time to listen to how Agile Family Programming can reduce stress, draw  you closer to your children, and prepare them for the world by improving communication in flexible ways.

You can find this great customizable routine checklist here: We edited some of the images by dragging in new ones saved from Google Images and changed the text to reflect what chores and routines we have at our home. Day 2 of Agile and everyone is already giving positive feedback and suggestions for how to improve the systems so the team can manage itself! (Exactly what Agile is about!)

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