I truly hope you all are enjoying these last few weeks of summer. With the start of school fast approaching (as in 11 days… not that I’m counting), I like to create a back-to-school schedule. I love making schedules. I will literally spend hours creating an elaborate schedule, broken into 30 minute increments, and we’ll follow that schedule… for about 5 days. Then real life hits: someone sleeps in or I burn breakfast; there’s early morning choir practices and late night sporting events. Real life doesn’t “play nice” with my schedule, so this year I’m going to try something a little different: routines.
A schedule and a routine are different in my book. A schedule has a start and stop time for each activity. A routine simply means following the same order of events, but without time restrictions. Webster, am I right?
My children are all early risers, and I’m trying r-e-a-l-l-y hard to be one too. Unfortunately, I’m a night owl by nature, so this whole “rise with the sun” concept is a struggle. I need about 30 minutes of sipping coffee before you can talk to me… really. After that, I can function. Since my kiddos don’t get on the bus until 9:00, we’ve got a long time to get ourselves ready for the day. I figure if we start our morning routine around 7:00, we should be fine. Two hours allows for a lot of “I don’t have anything to wear” and “I don’t want to take a shower” dilemmas. I created my routine as a checklist, so each child can see what they need to accomplish each morning:
I don’t know about you, but evenings are tricky. There’s a lot of stuff to cram into a couple hours. Since my kiddos start school so late, they don’t get home until 4:00 in the afternoon. I’m a supporter of snacks and outside time when they get home. I know many suggest doing homework right away (my hubby), but my thought is: they’ve been sitting in school all day, they need to run around and breathe fresh air. This year I’m going to have to get creative because I’ve got 3 children that will need homework help. (Do they get homework in Kindergarten? Maybe only 2 will need help with math assignments I can’t figure out. (“Siri, what’s a Rhombus?”) So, our evening routine will need to start around 5:00, and here’s our checklist:
I’m hoping this allows for a more realistic expectation for the day. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably still make a schedule, because it’s a hobby, but this time I’m entering with the full knowledge that the likelihood of it being followed past a week’s time is approximately 0%.
Do you have a schedule or routine you follow? How do you make them work for your family?
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