Parenting by Design: Sunday Post


Design, according to the dictionary, is to plan and make something in a skillful or artistic way.

Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is DESIGN.

The above photo was taken by my son and daughter-in-law on a recent trip to Europe.  As they strolled down a street in Milan, they passed a building where the contractor had skillfully hidden the scaffolding and on-going construction with a façade that mirrored the neighboring architecture.   How lovely that someone took the time and expended money and effort to create a pleasing view for passers-by!

Another dictionary definition for design is to make a detailed plan of the form or structure of something.

Do you have a design for your day?

Setting up daily routines can make the difficult job of parenting quite a bit easier. 

  •         Allow time for morning routines. 
  •         If you have children in school, help them lay out their clothes the night before. 
  •         Have lunches in the refrigerator, ready to go. 
  •         If you will be home with a preschooler or it is a day off from school, plan some activities that you and the children will enjoy.  Choose a picture book story, craft project and cooking activity and build self-esteem and reading readiness while everyone has a great time.  Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking provides quick and easy activities and great storybook suggestions.  During the month of March, we are offering free shipping on my website (an additional $5 off the price of the book for participants in the PPP Reading Challenge) or you can purchase the book on Amazon.


I also wanted to share a link with you to Mile High Mamas, a Denver-based blog.  I will be contributing to Mile High Mamas every second Saturday with Building Literacy and Self-Esteem One Picture Book at a Time.


 If you’d like more information about Jake’s Sunday Post: 

Here are some other entries in Jake’s Sunday Post on Design:







23 thoughts on “Parenting by Design: Sunday Post

  1. nice entry! that picture from Milan is very interesting. very ingenious and it does show how people in Milan are very conscious about appearance not only amongst themselves but also how their city looks – which is a nice thing 🙂

    Design for the day – now that’s something I really need to learn I guess… especially when the little one starts on schooling already. We gotta have a more stable routine.

    Thanks for the wonderful tips as usual!

    Spanish Pinay


    • Thanks so much for coming by and commenting. 🙂
      I do think that having a daily routine is really important…for the sanity of the parents…but it is also very healthy for the child as well. There is less stress when a child knows that we do this, and then this and then that…get up, brush teeth, have breakfast, read a story, go for a walk, etc.
      At the same time, it is also important to be flexible…and be willing to adjust the schedule when needed…but, being flexible doesn’t mean giving in. 🙂 But again, every parent will find what works best for their own situation and children.:) I know you are a wonderful mother…with so much love for your LSP. 🙂


  2. Creating a routine for children is definately a must. I find it calms them and helps them to know what is going to happen in their day. When the routine is disrupted that is when little mishaps seem to occur more often.


    • Hi Colline,
      So true….I know lots of parents feel they want to give their children more freedom than maybe they had…but setting routines and sticking to them whenever possible definitely makes everything go more smoothly. I cringe whenever I hear a child screaming and wailing for an hour in the department store because the child is hungry for lunch or ready for a nap, but momma is trying on clothes and not quite ready to leave…becoming a parent brings with it a huge obligation and sacrifice…many don’t realize that and then they resent it after the baby is born. 😦


  3. Hey Vivian, first thank you for the pingback and your encouragement.

    Your son and his wife did a great job in capturing the detail of the buildings above. I love the use of color and the way the stone mason capped the window arches with such distinct definition. I also like the inset windows and the pediments, and other trim, used to differentiate their design from one building section to the next. Very nice detail.


    • Marcy, with your expertise in architecture, I knew you would appreciate this photo! Isn’t it amazing how they made the material that is covering the reconstruction of the building look just like the actual building next door?
      My daughter-in-law is from Europe…so she and my son love going back there to visit family and friends.:)


      • Details do make all the difference. Your photo makes the buildings appear to be the same structure. It is amazing how varying the color and a slight detail here or there can totally change the appearance of the unit(s). I was noticing that same thing yesterday, in a local shopping center in Chesterfield County, Va. The architectural elements repeated themselves, but the color schemes varied from one section of the building to the other to break the monotony. The soffits were dressed nicely, and a few dormers were added. But basically the building repeated itself every 3 units or so. The arches and the brickwork above really set off the building you’ve chosen as your subject matter.


  4. My son was consistently 5 minutes late for school almost every day, no matter how hard we tried and how I rushed him and his brother. Then, I thought the obvious, I moved our wake-up alarms 5 minutes early. Knock on wood but we haven’t been late once since then. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it earlier!


    • What a simple answer to a difficult problem…good for you, Milka!!!!! Good luck with the rest of the school year!
      Many people find it hard to be on time for appointments…just getting up a little earlier could be such a help.:)


  5. I love the photo and the story behind it! Great interpretation of design! Thanks for the pingback.

    I love your blog!
    As a parent (grown kids) and former kdg. teacher, I applaud your blog! I’d like to come back and read your posts! You have great ideas for parents, grandparents, caregivers and teachers here!
    Thanks again!


    • Hi Amberr,
      It is really difficult…I guess you just have to let some things slide. 🙂
      Sometimes getting up a little earlier can help…it’s difficult to carve the time out, that’s for sure. If someone comes up with the magic button, I hope they will give me one! I love getting stuff ready the night before…it helps me have a more peaceful night’s sleep. 🙂


  6. I love your design example, Vivian, as well as the fact that your daughter and son-in-law photographed it! And your tips are excellent! My children are no longer little, so I know from experience that you’re providing excellent advice. Transitions are easier and smoother when you plan ahead.


    • Sandy…thanks for stopping by! I definitely learned so much in your online building book buzz course…and I will be forever grateful for all of your personal help. It helped me to focus on what needed to be done…and when. I think that type of advice can carry over to other areas of our lives…knowing what you need to do is more than half the battle, I think. 🙂


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