As I said earlier, I've reached the point where I'm completely overwhelmed and ready for some order in my life. After talking with friends who seem to have it all together, and reading blogs of Christian homeschooling mothers, it seems like the people who have happy, productive, intentional lives are the ones who have daily schedules. I'm kind of torn on this. I like flexibility. I like going wherever I want, whenever I want. But something isn't working for me. I am wondering if this is it. Maybe I NEED more order to my life. Maybe all this freedom and flexibility is actually causing me more stress and less real freedom (because if I have a time and place to do stuff, I'll have more free, fun time available instead of always feeling overwhelmed)? I don't know, but I'm going to find out! My friend and I sat down today and put together a schedule of how I'd like my day to run. It's going to be hard because I'm not a very disciplined person. I am still willing to try, though. I figure, if this doesn't work, it's ok. What I'm doing now isn't working anyway, so what's the harm in trying ;-) So, here it is! My new daily schedule!
7- wake up!
7:30- head downstairs and make breakfast. After we eat, the kids will clear the table and then have quiet play while I finish cleaning up.
9- morning chores. The boys have chores but we don't enforce them. I will start. I will also come up with daily chores for me.
10- school starts! I will have a very specific schedule for school this year, too. That's to come in another post.....
12- kids get an educational show while I get lunch ready. Then we eat, clean up, and head upstairs where we rest from 1-2, or later if needed (like by L)
2-4- catch up on morning chores or school work. Once that's done, it's time for free play.
4- afternoon chores (in other words, get ready for Daddy to come home...)
4:30- dinner prep. The boys can pick another tv show or play on the electronics. I hate that they will have all this screen time, but at this point in life, I'm going to just accept it and not beat myself up for it. I have three children, my oldest isn't even 5. I will show myself grace. Lots of grace. And someday, when life (hopefully) gets a little easier with the kids, they will have less tv time.
5:30- DINNER.. Yum. Everyone helps clean the kitchen after.
6:30- time to head upstairs and start the bedtime routine. Brush teeth, diapers, books, devos, kisses, water, good night!
7:30- lights out!
After the kids are in bed, I would like to do a 15 minute clean up with my hubby, then prepare for the next day (review what's for breakfast, dinner, any outings, whatever) and then finally, kick my feet up and relax.
Tomorrow, I want to spend some time figuring out what chores need to be done, by whom, and write it all down. That way, when we start this schedule, the kids and I will know exactly what to expect. I also want to be more specific in my meal plan. I've done well planning dinners, but I think I need to start planning all meals and snacks out. That took extra work up front, but it definitely made my week run smoothly. So, there you have it!