Boo hoo, woe is me, I'm such a bad mom. No, not really. I could be tempted to feel guilty, but I'm not taking the bait. I am realizing that there is a lot more preparation that goes into making a schedule than I originally thought.
I used to read The Little House books and think, maybe their schedule could work for me! It sounds so quaint:
"Wash on Monday
Iron on Tuesday
Churn on Wednesday
Mend on Thursday
Clean on Friday
Bake on Saturday
Rest on Sunday"It's simple and easy to remember, right?! But, then I remember that I don't iron, churn, mend, bake, or sometimes clean. So, I guess that's out.
This book (Managers of Their Homes) is making me write out all the activities I want to have in my day, in 30 minute increments. And then I would write one for each of the girls. Sounds simple, right? HA!
It may take a little work, but I can see the benefits in the end result. When Gracie asks me "What can I do, Mom?" I can say, "Go look at your schedule." I also really like the suggestion to schedule sibling play times. For example, if I want to work with Olivia on her letters and such, I can have Gracie playing and reading to Joy Joy during that slot. Many of the "test moms" for the book are praising the fact that their children do not bicker nearly as much anymore, especially since play times don't just run on and on... you know, until someone starts yelling. ;-)
There are some activities that I for sure want to squeeze in...
Table time (schooling, art, etc.)
What other types of activities are important to you, my fellow Mommy friends?