I'm terrible with remembering things. I mean, really bad. I'm even worse with strict schedules, and we've discussed how I have completely random patterns, I struggle with routines, and I have even been known to forget to wash shampoo out of my hair, because I never do the same things in the same order.
Slowly, ever so slowly, I'm getting better with habit-building. If you make something a habit, you don't have to remember it, and, more importantly, you won't forget it. I still have quite a bit of work left to do in some areas, but our days are now falling into large predictable chunks of time. The kids are happier. I'm happier. Yay for us! To show off our progress, I decided to share with you a picture of what a typical day might look like around here.
A Typical Day
Way too early o'clock:
Everyone wakes up and demands attention all at the same time. I retreat to the office and try to tune them out while Ken takes care of breakfast. The kids then complete their Morning Five, and I drink my coffee while making a quick pass through email. If I'm on top of my game, I do a Sun Salutation or a bunch of push-ups and write my morning pages. If.Early Morning:
Head. I do an activity with the little one (pre-k) while my older daughter does independent work, usually math, spelling, and maybe some writing while she's fresh and fully charged. Then I switch and check on the older one and help her in between cleaning up the kitchen, sweeping, and running a load of laundry.Mid-Late Morning:
Depending on the day of the week - errands, walk the dog, park playdate, class/co-op, or project work with my oldest.Lunch
Heart. Music, French, Art, Nature Study. (Not all of these every day.) And reading. Lots of reading. That's the goal; however, this is the weakest part or our daily rhythm and the time of day I have the most trouble filling with regular habits and routines.
Hands. Independent project work or play time, while I try to ignore the bickering and write. Eventually I send them outside to play in the dirt/mud and realize (too late) that they need a snack. Followed by baking, knitting, sewing, or gardening along with chores and dinner prep. I usually let them play on the computer (educational games, 'cause I'm mean like that) for about thirty minutes before dinner. We all need time apart by that point.Dinner
Walk the dog (about a mile). Taekwondo class for the little one (and Dad). Get the girls ready for bed. More reading. Plop down on the couch with a glass of wine and some mindless television, then realize that, once again, I forgot to take a bath.