I guess you could say the take away from all of those experiences is that I like routine. I like a little bit of order around my house. And I like having my kids gone for 1/3 of the day and sleeping for another 1/3. That still leaves me with 8 hours of hands on hardcore parenting, love and fun so don’t judge me, people!
This year, however, I have decided to be proactive, take the bull by the horns. I am going to have a plan. Yes, I had a plan last year but truthfully, it was a stupid plan. THIS plan, however, is going to be epic!
Last Year’s Plan was a failure because it was all about how to schedule the kids’ time. How long they could watch t.v., when they could have a snack, how much time was allotted for reading, outside play, etc. My intention was to take myself out of the equation and giving them control of the 4 hours I had to work each morning. In hindsight I see I actually gave them no control. The schedule had all the control. This might be one reason why Last Year’s Plan was a complete and total failure.
Another reason Last Year’s Plan crashed and burned is because when you are a Work From Home Mom and you create a schedule for your kids (that may or may not be color-coded and hanging on the fridge) you’re setting yourself up for two major problems. 1. Although your children can read a clock, they will continually ask how much longer until the next activity, therefore constantly interrupting your work flow and productivity, and 2. No matter how detailed the schedule (which, again, may or may not be color-coded and hanging on the fridge) your children will inevitably find a loophole that needs clarification and discussion…. interrupting your work flow and productivity.
But the aforementioned possibly color-coded, hung-on-the-fridge Last Year’s Plan is no more! This year, instead of making plans to make my kids’ lives easier, I am making a plan to make MY LIFE easier. When August rolls around you will not hear my husband’s now famous quote, “Wow, you cried more this summer than you have in the 17 years we’ve been together.”
So I give you….