4 Moms: the daily schedule

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When I was young, energetic and idealistic, I had a perfect schedule.  I and my 4 or 5 young children rose at the same time each morning, read a chapter of Proverbs, had breakfast and did chores, and started school at 9 sharp.  School consisted of a long list of perfectly coordinated age-appropriate activities for children with neatly brushed hair, while the baby happily played with educational toys in her high chair.

I don’t know how I did it, so don’t ask.

For many years after that, our schedule was in a constant state of flux.  I have learned to be flexible because otherwise I would have broken.  With more people in the house and ever-more-varied age spans, it was inevitable.  Living 50 miles from town made everything more of a challenge.

Now that we’re settling into a new home and a single errand no longer takes 3 hours, our life looks very different and we are finding that it has once again become a little easier to hold to a regular schedule, something we are working toward with a great deal of eagerness.

With that disclaimer in place, here is what we currently aim for on a typical day.  Some days may bear no resemblance to this, but it’s a rough draft and a work in progress.  While we rarely score a bull’s eye, we are usually somewhere on the paper.

6-7 AM – Rise & shine.  Get dressed.  Shower/coffee as necessary.  Older girls often work out or go for an early jog.  They often start breakfast while I feed the baby, shower, and read my Bible.

8 AM – Gather in the dining room to pray and read Proverbs before Dad leaves for work.

8:15 – 9 – Eat breakfast, do chores, clean bedrooms.

9 AM – Older people take turns with little ones (read aloud, school, play inside or outside), and work on their own school.  School begins with private Bible reading if not already done.  I always do reading lessons, but the older girls often help with other subjects.

12 PM – Lunch.  I try to feed the little ones before Dad comes home for lunch at 12:30.  This cuts down on commotion, since he has only 20-30 minutes at home.  I love that he can come home for lunch every day!

1-2 PM – Little ones play outside.  Big ones work on their own school if they didn’t finish earlier.

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2-4 PM – Naps and/or quiet time for younger ones.

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4 PM – Afternoon cleanup and dinner prep begin.

6:30 PM – Dinner, followed by a Psalm reading at the table.

7:30 PM – Evening cleanup, dishes, and little ones get ready for bed.  Perry and the older girls go to Krav Maga lessons 2 nights/week (plus Saturdays).  On the off nights, Perry and I have been going to a nearby gym for an exercise date.

8 PM – Bedtime for littles.  This starts with a bedtime story, so lights don’t go out until at least 8:30.

10 PM – Lights out for everyone.  Well, in theory.  We’re trying.  Some of us are trying.

Again, this is a rough outline of a typical day.  I mention cleanup three times because that’s when we do most of our chores, but there is also continuous cleaning happening.  I don’t know about your house, but we can completely trash ours in an hour if we’re not paying attention.  We could probably trash yours too.

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I also don’t specify who does a lot of the work because while we each have specific chores, we all pitch in on most of what is mentioned above; I do more when I’m able, and less when the baby is especially cranky or I have errands to run.

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I don’t mention free time, but trust me: it’s in there.  Lydia is working toward a goal of 100,000 pushups in 2013, and that takes time.  They all love to go to work with their dad.  They draw…

… ride bikes and scooters…

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…catch up with their friends on Facebook, read, and act like rednecks in the front yard.  Think I’m joking?  Last week they were practicing how to break various choke holds in the front yard.

 

What does your current schedule look like?  How does it compare to what you think it should look like?

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Comments

  1. Yes, I am encouraged. Always appreciate your candidness Kim, and then your practicality as well. I enjoyed the part about your schedule with five little ones 😀
    I’m always telling people “I don’t really care how many kids you have, but I think everyone should have at least one more than they can handle” 😉 That’s where truth and humility meet I think!
    And I’ve passed up that “one more…” in case you wondered. Now I have a LOT more than I can handle. HA!

    It’s good to be reminded that it has been by His power and grace all along.

    Hugs!

    ~Analene

  2. Saved Girl says:

    “act like rednecks in the front yard. Think I’m joking? Last week they were practicing how to break various choke holds in the front yard.”

    Can I come over? Pretty please?! 🙂

  3. the drawings are AWESOME!!!! wow, somebody is talented!
    love your schedule, it looks much like ours does =)

  4. Great homeschool help! Can I pin this to Pinterest if I am able to do you mind?…8)

  5. wow you’ve got a really talented artist there!

    • In order, those are by Kaitlyn, Megan and Lydia. In all fairness, Kaitlyn and Megan used an iPad app they just discovered but I am amazed at their results. These are not examples of their best creations, just 2 quick fun ones that they posted on facebook. They’ve done some adorable and awesome sketches of younger sibs, etc.
      Lydia’s drawing at the bottom was done freehand in pencil, and she was pretty pleased with how it turned out. 🙂

  6. Such a sweet picture of the baby!

  7. Lol. Love the act like rednecks in the front yard! That is where city living and country living differ! In the country, it is just playing outside, in the city, it is acting like rednecks in the front yard! Haha!

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