Scheduling’s the Way


Now that we’re back to school, I can’t believe I lived without a regular weekly schedule. Last May I looked forward to the lazy, unstructured days of summer. I’m kind of a summer gal, actually, and relish beach time as much as my kids. I’m actually like a kid at the beach, happy to sit in the sand and help dig holes or bury feet.

But by around mid-July, I found myself short-tempered and calling my niece to help out twice a week. I kept harping on myself for not being able to hack it all day with my own two kids. But I see now how much a scheduled day and some simple structure helps keep my family in harmony. (Well, Husband goes off to work whether the kids and I live in harmony or not.)

And, the start of school inspired me to get off my butt and organize our mornings better, pack lunches the night before, even plan projects for after school. Oh, did I mention that I even set the table for breakfast last night and put out little bowls for an applesauce starter? Neither child touched it. But they did seem impressed with the whole set table thing and waited patiently for their scrambled eggs. A far cry from their usual pounding of forks on table while screaming, “Where’s my cereal?!”

Set Timetables
I also got smart and actually thought through how long it would take to get them ready and out of the house (hopefully, you’ve been doing this all along).

Here’s my morning schedule:
6-7:30 am Play or watch TV (I put out play dough when I made my coffee)
7:30 Make breakfast
7:45 Serve breakfast
8:00 Get dressed, brush teeth and hair, put on shoes
8:30 Get in car (remember the 15 magically disappearing minutes it takes to get the kids settled in carseats. Especially, if Son is buckling himself!)
8:50 Drive away to make 9:00 am drop off at school.

Of course, today I had the wonderful “Let’s not be late for our first day of school!” mantra to call upon. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

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