To Dream The Impossible Dream of An Organized Home
Does the idea of organizing and cleaning your home seem like an impossible dream? Homeschooling mother of six Tami Fox shares how she uses routines in her home to make it a haven for her family. She’s taught her children these routines, so they’ll be able to take their wings and fly into life as prepared adults. She shares positive methods for organizing and cleaning. Tami wants to help you give your children wings, so they can FLY, too!
Tami lives in rural North Carolina with her husband of more than twenty-five years and their children. She has been a home educator since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Systems and uses her education to be a better teacher for her children. Tami is a writer and speaker to encourage moms. She writes reviews and other details about her life with her family at www.TamiFox.net.
She is in the trenches just like you and takes life one step at a time with mercy and grace. You can contact Tami through her blog or through email at Tami@TamiFox.com.
- What inspired you to write your book?
For most of my life, I have wanted to be a mom and an author. I have written lots of articles over the years for newsletters and other online sources. In 2014, I met someone who was a New York Times’ Best-Selling Author, and she encouraged me to write my book. I have six children, and I have taught them at home for more than 16 years. They are my inspiration. I wrote about them and teaching them life skills. I have had some hard times, and I share about that in my book. It is my hope that my experiences will help someone else.
- Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The main message of my book is to share with others that raising children to soar into adulthood takes work and consistency. By teaching them life skills and helping them find their joy in life, my young adult children were prepared for life when they moved out on their own. So many young adults have not had the opportunity to find their joy in life, and we all know these people in real life. They are usually the unhappy people we encounter. I encourage parents to help their teens to seek out opportunities to learn more about their passions in life and see how to translate that into a job later on. People who love what they do in life are happy people. We all want our children to be happy, prepared adult. Teens also need to learn basic home maintenance, car care, money management, and health care information. By giving them these tools while they still live at home, they can practice flying with a safety net. Then when they are ready for life on their own, they have had practice and are ready to fly solo.
- If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
My writing mentor is Marla Cilley, also known as The FlyLady to people around the world. She is a best-selling author, and she encouraged me to write my book on how I taught my children her principles on home management and organization. Throughout the process of writing, Giving Your Children Wings, Marla guided me and encouraged me. She was instrumental in encouraging me to take my writing wings and fly!
- Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Over the years, I have met many people who have supported me and my writing aspirations. One person stands out. She is a fellow author, and many of your know her. Tawdra Kandle has been one of my biggest encouragers as I wrote this book, and as I am in the process of writing two more books. You know you have a good friend who will just text you and tell you to write, write, and write some more.
- Did you learn anything from writing your book? If so, what was it?
In the course of writing Giving Your Children Wings, both of our older children moved out into their own apartments. I learned about letting go and watching them fly off successfully. I learned that all of the years of teaching, training, and loving them paid off. They both are working in fields that they love. They take care of their needs and their homes. It was an amazing time to be living out as I was writing about it. There are some raw emotions shared about that time.