As a mom of 3 boys, the day can really fly by quickly if there isn’t a schedule in place. Before I moved to California, I had somewhat of a schedule. I tried to be consistent with serving meals at the same time every day, giving snacks at the same time every day, and picking up kids from school at the same time every day. However, play groups were sporadic, grocery shopping was sporadic, and other errands fit through the cracks of the schedule.
We now live with my parents and my mom is VERY organized. I remember watching “Super Nanny” and seeing how she would tell the parents that they should have a schedule. I remember squirming at the thought of having a schedule and feeling boxed in. Then my mom and I sat down and came up with a schedule. I also had the help of a friend who started me down the path of figuring out what I wanted to schedule in my day (thanks Laura).
I was nervous about failing the schedule and not sticking to it on a daily basis. However, after a few days of following the schedule, with adjustments here and there, I have seen an improvement in my boys’ behavior. I also feel better about my day and can SEE what I was able to get done. There are times when I won’t be able to follow the schedule to a T, but having it in place helps me to know I’m spending one-on-one time with the boys, getting things done around the house, and providing structure for my family’s day.
For my schedule, I came up with a list of things that had to be done every day. The list included breakfast, lunch, dinner, dropping Brian and Dallen off at school, picking Brian and Dallen up from school, snacks, one-on-one time with each boy, play time, free time, bed time, and me time. I penciled in an approximate time and length for the activity and then we printed it out using an Excel spreadsheet.
To make it even more convenient, it is helpful to color code the schedule. Each person on the schedule would have a different color for the different activities throughout the day.
Do you have a schedule? How does it affect your family life?