I literally have no excuse of being “too busy” to post. So I figured I would post about what we are currently doing in our house to keep things as normal as possible, when nothing is at all normal. I am a person that thrives on structure and schedule, and it’s no surprise my children are the same way. A schedule for Ian is less necessary. When I think about it, I think he appreciates the fact that I have one available for the kids. At any given moment he can look at the schedule and see where we are all at. He tends to tune all of us out when he works.
I have heard the argument that in these times we need to let the kids just be kids and not worry about a schedule or homeschooling… That is not how we roll in this house. Let me say before I get comments about this, I am in NO WAY saying that this is for everyone, this is just what works for our family. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 13 years. In this uncertain time for everyone, this feels like my moment to shine. I finally get to utilize all those skills I have been honing all this time. Scheduling, teaching the kids, being creative, all things I’ve utilized in one way or the other and now I will rely on these skills more than I ever had to keep the peace in the house.
Basic Tips and/ or Ideas
Before I reveal what we do in our house, here are the tips that I would offer to any family:
- Lay ground rules. Work within the family rules you already have in place.
- Get your whole house involved. This way everyone feels like they have a say in how the days will look.
- Keep things flexible.
- But also stick to your principles when necessary.
- Give yourself and your family patience and grace.
- Just like any habit, give it time and if nothing else stay persistent!
New Routines/ New Normals
The kids are starting their online learning for school this week so it is the perfect time to start a new schedule. This week I revamped the family calendar, as well as, our new daily routine. Our family calendar two weeks ago, when this all started, was literally nothing but dates and a count down to going back to work and school. As this has progressed the finish line seems to be getting pushed further and further back. Everyone in our circle has had time to adjust. I am able to add normal activities to the schedule. Music lessons, gymnastics, and cheer classes are all offered digitally. Things seem more normal now.
This new normal schedule is a modified version of our normal schedule. The faster things are done, the more free time the kids have. Our family culture has always been that way. It may seem like everything is planned minute to minute but I can assure you there is still plenty of free time. This may not work for every family but this is what we do. My hope is that it helps someone in one way or another. Lets all appreciate this time we all have together.