Schedule Day Two: Tweaking

The theme for today seemed to be that the schedule needs adjusting. For example, today I babysat my niece and nephew as I do every Wednesday. On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the morning we go to playground playgroup. This is the 3rd Wednesday so the kids had a huge block of time that was unscheduled. They play so well together that it’s not a problem, but later in the day we skipped our silent reading because they were enjoying building a tent and making stores in the basement. If I had thought it through better, I could have used part of the morning play time for the reading.

I also think I need to schedule in snack times. No sooner do I begin vacuuming a bedroom when one of the kids comes up asking for a snack. By the fourth interruption, I find myself impatient and angry. When they were little I scheduled mid morning snack and late afternoon snack, but once they became more independent and I could just say, “get a granola bar out of the cabinet,” I stopped scheduling them. This will be an adjustment for my boys in particular. One of them is so skinny I hate to not give him food every time he asks, but I’ll be sure the snack in the afternoon is a big one, and maybe make breakfast and lunch bigger as well.

My husband was helpful when I was explaining to him that though I am getting things done on the schedule, I’m not always doing them at the times allotted. I think it’s important to stick to the times pretty strictly at first, in order to create a “rut” of habit for the wagon of childhood to roll smoothly in (thank you Charlotte Mason). He said the schedule is supposed to serve you, not you serve the schedule. So, I am still enjoying the schedule and being able to direct the kids as to what is next, but I am seeking wisdom for where to put a few things on days that don’t follow a normal routine, as well as being sure the daily routine stuff is in the right place at the right time.

Well, I gotta go…6 minutes til bath/shower time begins. If they go to the pool, do I really have to give them a bath? I’m thinkin’ chlorine pretty much takes care of it, don’t you?

2 thoughts on “Schedule Day Two: Tweaking

  1. I applaud your efforts,Laurie. You’re on the right track with making breakfast and lunch more substantial. They are probably craving protein and more carbs with increased summer play outside. Tuna sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly, eggs, yogurt..but I’m probably not telling you anything new. I just know that about age 9, my boys changed from little birdies pecking on granola to vultures. Suddenly a “snack” was half a meatball sub. For carbs, a banana tends to satisfy the sweet and hearty appetite for a quick snack.

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