- living a life of kindness.
- Habits of the heart.
- Teaching them losing at a very young age, may be an unnecessary challenge games by Peaceable Kingdom.
- I don’t focus on giving my kids a FUN childhood. I want them to know that the purpose of life is to SERVE OTHERS.
Chelsea says her blog is part of what she does, but she admits she doesn’t have the answers on everything. However, she has done a lot of exploring about teaching kids character traits and virtues.
“I’m sharing what I learned, and what works for me”
She started blogging about parenting issues a little over 6 years ago. Eventually, Chelsea realized she had this passion for character education and wanted to share it in a more public way, which is MomentADay.com.
“It’s great blogging these days. There are so many doors opening, meeting people while working online.”
Her motivation for starting MomentsADay.com was to spend a few minutes a day with her own children.
“I realized that just spending a few intentional moments thinking and exploring these concepts with our kids really made a difference”
Chelsea says that it’s hard for entrepreneurs and people passionate about their work to fit everything in. Her husband is supportive in making sure they take time to be with the kids and focus on them 100%.
“As a work-at-home mom, I definitely have to put limits on what I do”
Service is a big component of what Chelsea and her husband are trying to teach their kids, and she has always told them that how they help other people is what really matters.
“It’s about the live you live, and trying to bring happiness to whoever is around you”
She would like to see changes to the current educational system, starting with prioritizing capacity building, and developing themselves in order to serve others.
“It we focused our educational model on developing people who care about each other, I think it would be a totally different world”
Reading books that show people doing wonderful things, going through challenges and the lesson they learn is a way that Chelsea instils values in her kids. As well, activities, depending on the ages of the kids, can reinforce the desired values.
Kids will go through stages, and the relationships between your children will evolve. She says it’s ok if they get on each other’s nerves some of the time. Parents just need to offer appropriate ways for them to connect, and not expect too much.
Good techniques for developing a positive attitude, and a good attitude towards losing, is to play games of chance rather than skill with your kids. Modeling by parents is important, as your children will watch how you act in certain situations.
Chelsea believes parents should give kids an environment that doesn’t force them to go through things too early in life. It’s important to talk about certain issues, but in a child appropriate way. On issues such as world hunger, she says:
“I want them to know they can make a difference”
Chelsea had about 700,000 unique visitors to her blog in 2015, and her favourite post was “The Kitchen Can Wait”, which she says she wrote to remind herself to live in the moment with her family.
Cartoon: Beauty & The Beast
Family Tradition: pizza night
Embarrassing Moment: in 1st grade, got in trouble for the first time and was made to sit on the carpet during playtime
How Did Childhood Lead You to Today?: her parents were encouraging and their faith was important
TIME CAPSULE: “I would want them to know that the purpose of doing everything was to help other people. We hope that they found value and happiness in living life with relationships at the forefront. We hope that they find value in being true to themselves and giving to others.”
INTERVIEW LINKS: www.MomentsADay.com