It isn’t easy to get stuff done around these parts. It seems that once I am done changing a toddler’s diaper, a baby needs to be nursed. Once that’s done, a preschooler is shoving a book in my lap to read to her.
It can be chaotic.
It can be challenging.
And I can get through an entire day and wonder, “What did we do today?”
Have you ever felt like that?
Have you ever looked around your house and thought, “When am I ever going to have time to get it all done?”
Well, this is definitely something I think about. Often, in fact.
Keeping to a routine is what keeps this mama’s sanity.
Here’s the thing about this routine, it is very flexible.
When you live with three little kids, you HAVE to be flexible.
Your schedule has to be fluid because anything can and will happen.
You might be planning on the kids waking up at seven, like they normally do; but then, they wake up at six. You might plan on nursing the baby six times a day, only to find that he is going through a growth spurt and needs as many feeds as he can get. You might be planning on doing some lessons, but go run errands instead.
A schedule is supposed to work for you, not the other way around.
If you find that what you have isn’t working, then go back and try something else. This is one reason why I do my schedules in excel. Then, I can go back and adjust things as needed.
Also, at this point, our baby Levi isn’t moving around much, but he does like to be stimulated. So, we usually put him in his bouncer or walker and let him watch his siblings. He seems pretty entertained by that.
Another note, sometimes, due to Levi waking them up at night, the kids don’t sleep well. On those days, I change the schedule around and have them going to sleep around eleven in the morning, rather than after lunch. Like I said, it’s all about being flexible.
Two things that are incredibly important in this schedule. One is the time with the husband. If you have a spouse, don’t use children as an excuse to neglect them. Your children NEED to see you and your spouse enjoying each other, loving each other and spending time together.
The second thing that I think is absolutely essential is nap time for mama or daddy. It doesn’t need to be time when you actually sleep, but that time is when the parent can recharge their batteries for the second half of the day. If at all possible, make time in your day to recharge.
Feel free to use our schedule, if you would like. Or make your own in excel.
However you do it, I challenge you to be intentional today about getting into a routine as a family. You will be surprised at how much more you can get done.
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