Episode 034 Part 1: Waters + Bennett – Why Home Management is Important to Our Family Culture

Brityn has a BA in English literature from BYU and a masters in library and information science from Catholic U (Washington, DC). She’s a Jill of all trades, her resume including English teacher in Russia, Forest Service firefighter, lobbyist, and most recently, special collections work at the Virginia and Oklahoma Historical Societies. She has a medical resident husband and three young children.

Lee grew up in the Southern states and now resides outside of Richmond, Virginia with her husband Sam and three children. She attended undergraduate school at both BYU-Idaho (studying interior design) and BYU (studying art-education) before teaching art in the Utah school system. Lee worked at two universities in Virginia prior to and while attending graduate school at VIrginia Commonwealth University. She owns her own interior design company, but is currently on an undetermined length break from it while she pursues raising her children and blogging about solutions for parents.

Waters + Bennett is our solutions guide to staying present and collected while parenting in the 21st century.


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From This Episode

Brityn is selective about what she allows into her space

Wants the time she’s influencing her kids to count.

“The Stories That Bind Us” Discusses how family culture is our stories and our family history. These are what create resilience.

White noise concept: so much noise to fill our time with that we have to be willing to filter out the noise so that the messages we want to send to our kids doesn’t get drowned out.

You know what a family’s culture is when they have specific characteristics that you identify with that family. Refer to themselves as a team, e.g. “Team Smith”

Families come with a particular flavor, family culture is like your brand

Similar Content: Episode 030 with Kimberly Amici of The Family Culture Project

Stuff is not the priority. Breaking home management down into bite-sized chunks allows you to fit it in without it consuming your life.

Simplify makes it easier to focus on what’s important, it allows us to slow down and make it easier to train our kids how to manage a home because it’s just easier (whether you have toddlers or teens, this applies)

Take inventory and troubleshoot regularly to make sure that you are where you want to be with regard to maintenance and routines

Challenge to maintaining: consistency. We fall prey to reward ourselves when it seems like we are doing ok, and then we quickly fall behind.

Having systems in place allows you to break down the jobs to manageable chunks so we can spend more quality time with our families.

Be aware of the big picture and what your priorities are

Know your character so you can know what your needs are.

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Happier at home by Gretchen Rubin

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About the author, Jodi

I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Michael, and our four young kids. We homeschool, and work remotely, so I guess we may take this on the road some day! I have a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion Studies, but I attended five different universities before finally finishing while I was expecting my third baby! I'm a returned missionary from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but I do enjoy reading personal development and parenting books, finding new ways to enjoy exercising, and learning more about being an entrepreneur.

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