Okay so what is "Mozart Hour"? At 4pm my kids know that I will have classical music playing and that they will sit at the kitchen table to color, draw or paint with water colors. We have an art box I put out on the table and a sterilite FULL of crayons. I buy crayons at every grocery store trip to ensure fresh, sharp crayons! If all three kids need the color red, well there are plenty of reds in the box and there are never any arguments over crayons. Huge sigh of relief! Because I have made this a part of our day, without fail for the last two months, they expect it and look forward to it.
I know as Moms we have certain times of the day that are difficult or busy so I wanted to share something that works for us. I don't really know how I came up with this except for the fact that I am constantly praying that the Holy Spirit will speak to me about my children and our time spent at home. I must give HIM full credit because I am not usually good at coming up with things like this. Any creativity or parenting success I may have comes 100% from my Lord, Jesus Christ.
You know you have found something that works well when Daddy walks in the door and the house is clean, supper is on the stove and the kids are quietly coloring or creating art of some sort with music playing softly in the background. Oh and Mom is calm too! If my husband can walk into a peaceful home, no matter how hard my day may have been before his arrival, that is success! I love when I do something that impresses my husband and this is something that he thinks is pretty amazing.
Maybe your family has something similar to this or something you have found that works great before dinner. If so, please share! So many of you are incredibly creative on the home front and I love learning from you.
Looking forward to "Mozart Hour" already!
(P.S. At 3:30pm EVERY SINGLE DAY, the kids do a run through of the house to clean or put up their laundry I have folded. Josiah and Ava Beth take turns vacuuming the tile and rugs. It is a system that works and they do it wholeheartedly because they know as soon as they are finished that MOZART HOUR is here!