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Monday, August 13, 2012

Homemaking Guide//Part One: Schedules-Daily

If you are just reading this series start here at the begining.

Figuring out a daily schedule has been probably the hardest part so far for me because I'm not one to stick to schedules. I like the freedom of just going with the flow. See how the day goes. Well that hasn't really been working in my favor so it's time for some structure. So after hours and weeks of research and trying things out this is what my schedule will look like for now.

6:30am ~ Wake up & Exercise
7am ~ Shower & Get ready for the day
7:30am ~ Make Breakfast & Wake kids up if not already
8am ~ Dress kids & Morning chores
9:30am ~ Run errands (if any) or Kids outside activities
11:30am ~ Lunch time
12pm ~ Nap/Quiet time & Mom's free time
2pm ~ Structured play time/learning time
4pm ~ Start dinner & Kids Electronic time (tv, ipad, games)
5-5:30pm ~ Eat Dinner
6pm ~ Clear table & Family Scripture Study
7pm ~ Bath/Bedtime routines for kids
7:30pm ~ Kids in bed & Nightly Chores
8:30pm ~ Adults free time
10:30pm ~ Light out!

Now... I am not a morning person at all. I hate waking up early. But I know how important it is to get up in the morning and get moving. My daughter has always been a morning person and has been my alarm clock. But as of recently she has been sleeping in or just playing quietly in her crib. So as a result I have been back in the routine of sleeping in late. If I don't get moving first thing in the morning I tend to drag my feet all day. Then as a result I don't get anything done. Early morning is when I get the most done. But actually forcing myself to get up has definitely been a challenge. If you aren't a morning person don't worry about forcing yourself to do something you know you aren't going to do. I'm not a morning person, but I know myself, and that if I don't force myself to get up then my day is not a productive one. I have been exercising lately out of the home and just recently started doing some stuff in the mornings. I like this because it gets me motivated for the rest of the day. I don't do hard core working up a sweat exercising. Just something like pilates or yoga for about 20-30 minutes. This also doesn't happen everyday either. Some mornings I just can't motivate myself to do it. My kids hear me in the morning so they wake up on there own. After the kids are fed and dressed in the morning, this is when I like to run my errands. Morning is the best time for me to go out and get things accomplished because if I wait, it doesn't seem to get done. I hate taking my kids on my errands with me because we are a circus, but I know if I wait until later in the day it doesn't get done because something comes up. My kids are 2 and 4, and from the day the were both were put on a napping schedule. Yes, my 4 year old still naps... most days. Some days I can tell it would be better for him not to have a nap, but for the most part he still needs a nap. If he is on a no-nap-day he has quiet free play in his room. That way I still get my quiet time. After naps I have started doing structured play time with my kids. This is my time to play with them and teach them at the same time. The most important thing to me during this time is to give them my undivided attention. After our playtime together it's time for me to start dinner. So to distract them, this is when they get to watch t.v. or play with electronics. They get to choose what they want to play with. Once I'm done making dinner we set the table and eat together as a family. After everyone is done eating we clear the table and have our family scripture study. With toddlers, our scripture study last about a second but we want to get in the habit of doing it. After, we have dessert if there is any for that night. Close to bed time we start their nightly routines of chores, baths, pjs and reading. Once the kids are in bed I do my nightly chores then me and my husband have our free time until lights out. This has been working the best for us right now. I know once my oldest starts school a few things will change. Also my days don't always go like this. We schedule in play dates and doctor appointments and things just come up. This is just a guide to help us on those days where there isn't anything planned. This has helped add a little structure to my otherwise crazy days.
I made an excel spread sheet with this schedule on it and put it behind my daily chore chart in my HMG.

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