Sticking to a schedule

When I had baby #4, I was overwhelmed.  I had 4 BOYS under age 4! Yes, that’s right, you heard me correctly. 4 BOYS UNDER AGE 4!  I was as shocked as you are.  🙂 I remember coming home from the hospital and wondering how in the world am I going to do this.  I was up ALL night long with a baby, and still had 3 other boys to take care of.  Not one of them was self sufficient in any way.  They couldn’t even put their shoes on by themselves.  It was an overwhelming time! So I started making a schedule of my day.  Breakfast time, play time, craft time, nap time, quiet time, school work, etc.  It all was on a schedule now, and honestly, it is what saved my sanity during the first couple years.  Kids need a routine. They need structure.  It took a couple weeks to get into the swing of things, but it was well worth it!

I am a firm believer that kids need a nap during the day, and if they are too old for a nap, they need a quiet time during the day.  My kids have the choice to lay and watch a movie, read books, but no matter what, we have a quiet time during the day.  If you have little ones, try this! It will help you in so many ways.  It will help you to regroup, pick up your house, get dinner started. I needed that! Badly!

Now that my youngest one is 2, I still have nap/quiet time right after lunch.  My 2 year old takes a nap and my 3 year old watches a movie while he lays down.  In the summers when all my kids are home from school, they will also have quiet time EVERYDAY!

On Sunday night, I make a list of everything I have planned for that week.  I write down what I’ll have for dinner each day, what rooms I want to clean, phone calls I need to make, bills I need to pay, appointments, etc.  Plus, when you make a list and cross stuff off each day, you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something.  Even if its just making a phone call or making dinner.  YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING!  If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, sit down this week and make a list of everything you have planned or hope to accomplish, get your kids on a schedule, and stick to it.  Give it a few weeks to work out the wrinkles, but you will feel so refreshed once you get on a good schedule.

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