Tuesday, January 24, 2012


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Okay, I have a little secret. Other homeschool moms are about to gasp and get all wide-eyed. I have broken one of Homeschooling Moms cardinal rules~~~

We have been living without a real schedule for about a year now.

And we were good with that until about three weeks ago and a hospital stay and then it all started to unravel--the house, school, outside activities--all my bearings were gone. My mind was cluttered and bogged down trying to think for everyone and still get my mom duties done. Oh, and add in a new puppy and well, it all went downhill very quickly.

My Sweet Hubby suggested very gently, cause I was fragile and he knew I was gonna blow or give up very soon, that I might need to try something different. Cause you know, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is um, insanity. He didn't say it just like that by the way :). He somehow can say things in a nice way in which I can't.

So, yesterday I spent about two hours working on a routine for us. I have four kiddos home all day, various animals, and two in-laws that live next to us. Makes for a lot of fun, but you know, a lot of chaos can ensue on a daily basis. And thats okay. For Mark and me, the most important things the kids can be learning is that life is not all about them, that service to their family and grandparents is a good thing, and then the practical home skills and book skills they need for their lives. That's the number one reason I love homeschooling-we can do all of that daily! I just needed to manage better. That's really what it boiled down to.

So, there were a lot of hmmms and haaaas when I introduced our new routine this morning. One of them might have rolled their eyes, but we had a "Come To The Altar" meeting and that took care of that. Daddy will be home tonight to back me up and take care of any other resistance that may occur.

I even wrote down a routine for me because I was forgetting so many things and at the end of the day I was kicking myself-like reading to James. I read soooo much to the three big kids. We could all climb on top of the couch together and snuggle and read. With three big kids I have not been doing that with James. And that is very important to me so I wrote it down on my list.

Now, I've been doing this schooling thing for 8 years now and I KNOW its not going to go perfect everyday, or even anyday, but at least I can look at the list now and know which direction we need to be going in.

Its in pencil by the way. That way I can start adding to the chore list if someone complains. I know, mean mom......

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  1. Sounds like my life! :-) Good luck! I hope it works and look forward to seeing how it goes for the encouragement.

  2. I just did the same thing a few days ago

  3. Oh me. I'm all excited now. I love me some schedules! And your schedules look so good hanging there! 8P I am hoping to revamp ours in the next week or two as well as the chore assignments. You go girl!

  4. Well, I tried to leave a comment the other day...kudos to you!!!

  5. I'm sure Mark meant well, and I'm sure you'll try hard.hehehe
    Aftermy big kids left (main chore do-ers) and adding 4 littles in 22 mo's....I had to make a chart.....I can't even keep up with what day I changed sheets, or remember when a certain bathroom was cleaned, so I MUST stick with my schedule!