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post #1 of 13
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This may have been discussed before but do you keep a schedule of events for the day? I am trying to spend my time wisely and be able to spend quality time with my kids and get the things done that I need to. Any advice?
post #2 of 13
I've tried this before. It didn't work too well. I think I had too many things I thought I had to do. lol I might try it again now since I'm going to be working from home...hopefully.
post #3 of 13
I used to have a schedule written down when I wanted things done by, but I have really gotten more lenient. I was beginning to feel like I was doing my "job" if I didn't have the housework done by 11am or if the boys weren't napping by 1pm, etc.

I now don't have to write it down, maybe just a simple list for the day, and just have a routine that I'm used to.

Part of my new year's resolution was to relax on my rigid schedules.
post #4 of 13
My schedule is:

6:00 wake up and get DD ready for school and get ready to go to the gym
6:50 walk her to the bus stop
7:00 get DS's dressed and ready for the day
7:45 head to the gym
9:15 leave the gym
9:30 get myself ready for the day while DS's ride smart cycle
10:00 play with DS's
11:15 lunch
12:00 "rest time" for boys and clean time for me
1:15 any errands that need to be done or maybe a movie or free play
2:30 get DD from bus stop
2:45 snack for the kiddos
3:00 start homework with DD, work on letters/ coloring with DS
DH usually gets home around this time so he will take over with the kids while i start dinner and we all visit or play
5:15 eat dinner after dinner is through the kids clean their rooms one last time before bed
6:30 bath time for all the kids (this is time consuming for us lol)
7:00 settle down in the living room, read a few books
7:30 kids brush teeth and get into bed
mommy cleans up once more and then DH and i have a bit of time together

on some days it is much different of course, if the weather is nice we go to the park and sometimes we have play group in the mornings, but that is a basic schedule for us............I don't have this written down because i think that with kids you have to play it by ear at least a little bit and i would go nuts if i wasn't right on time with everything, but i think that is a pretty good "guesstimate"
post #5 of 13
No, I don't have a daily schedule--just a general weekly one. I really need to try and get my day my organized.
post #6 of 13
I usually try to keep a TO DO list. Somedays I can finish the list and other days I try to finish yesterday's.
Everyday is SO different,
post #7 of 13
I am usually a schedule oriented person. I am one who is rigid about it too and it starts stressing me out when things are perfect on the schedule. The schedule also goes out the window on weekends & any time my DH is home. He had two weeks off for Christmas & is going back tomorrow to his regular work schedule. I am SO ready to back into a routine. I do NOT like my days being "willy nilly" lol. I don't seem to accomplish anything that way. What is frustrating me now is I'm going to have to come up with a new routine or schedule because my ds' naps are changing.
post #8 of 13
I don't have a rigid schedule since I have learned that with kids, once you think you are on a schedule, they will change it for you :D! But my day generally goes like this:
630am both kids wake up and DH gets them so I can get a few more minutes of shut eye. Sometimes they will sleep in until 730am.
730am DH starts feeding DD her solids (8 months old) while DS (34 months) plays.
745 am feed DD her bottle and get DS breakfast while DH gets ready for work
8-9am play with kids/check email. Dh drops DS off at preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
9-11am DD naps. I play one on one with DS, wash dishes, and have breakfast. Except on Tuesdays and Thursdays DS is in preschool so once DD is down for her nap I get on the treadmill for a 2-4 mile run/walk. After my run I squeeze in as many chores as I can before picking up DS at preschool at 1145am.
12noon: feed both kids lunch
1-3 pm both kids nap. I try to pay bills, run laundry, and have lunch at this time.
3-5 pm I usually take the kids out to run errands, go to the park or playdates or give the kids a bath together.
5pm i start dinner while DS watches a video and DD either plays with toys on the floor or is in her exersaucer.
530pm feed the kids dinner
630pm DH is usually home by now and he takes over with DS while I eat dinner and get DD ready for bed
630 DD is usually already in bed, sometimes even as early as 530pm depending on how tired she is.
7pm DH gives DS a bath every other day
730pm Dh puts DS to bed.

So I have a schedule, but since I never can depend on both kids taking their full naps and since there are always things that come up that need to be done, I try to keep some flexibility in there. I also usually have a To Do List for each day and one for the week. I consider a good day to be when I can get more than 2 items on my To Do list done . I try to have only 3-4 items on my daily To Do List.

Since having kids I have definitely learned to be less rigid with my schedule. Although it still bugs me to not get my List done each day, I appreciate that I spent extra time playing with the kids, snuggling with them, or just taking a moment for myself to breathe when they are napping. Afterall, if Mommy isn't rested and happy then neither is anyone else in the house right? And one can never have enough precious moments with their kids right? Eventually the laundry and cleaning will be done so why stress myself out about it?

Sandra
post #9 of 13
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I don't have a rigid schedule since I have learned that with kids, once you think you are on a schedule, they will change it for you :D! But my day generally goes like this:
630am both kids wake up and DH gets them so I can get a few more minutes of shut eye. Sometimes they will sleep in until 730am.
730am DH starts feeding DD her solids (8 months old) while DS (34 months) plays.
745 am feed DD her bottle and get DS breakfast while DH gets ready for work
8-9am play with kids/check email. Dh drops DS off at preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
9-11am DD naps. I play one on one with DS, wash dishes, and have breakfast. Except on Tuesdays and Thursdays DS is in preschool so once DD is down for her nap I get on the treadmill for a 2-4 mile run/walk. After my run I squeeze in as many chores as I can before picking up DS at preschool at 1145am.
12noon: feed both kids lunch
1-3 pm both kids nap. I try to pay bills, run laundry, and have lunch at this time.
3-5 pm I usually take the kids out to run errands, go to the park or playdates or give the kids a bath together.
5pm i start dinner while DS watches a video and DD either plays with toys on the floor or is in her exersaucer.
530pm feed the kids dinner
630pm DH is usually home by now and he takes over with DS while I eat dinner and get DD ready for bed
630 DD is usually already in bed, sometimes even as early as 530pm depending on how tired she is.
7pm DH gives DS a bath every other day
730pm Dh puts DS to bed.

So I have a schedule, but since I never can depend on both kids taking their full naps and since there are always things that come up that need to be done, I try to keep some flexibility in there. I also usually have a To Do List for each day and one for the week. I consider a good day to be when I can get more than 2 items on my To Do list done . I try to have only 3-4 items on my daily To Do List.

Since having kids I have definitely learned to be less rigid with my schedule. Although it still bugs me to not get my List done each day, I appreciate that I spent extra time playing with the kids, snuggling with them, or just taking a moment for myself to breathe when they are napping. Afterall, if Mommy isn't rested and happy then neither is anyone else in the house right? And one can never have enough precious moments with their kids right? Eventually the laundry and cleaning will be done so why stress myself out about it?

Sandra

I am the same way, I get upset and stressed if I didn't get a chance to complete all my chores. Now, I am thinking is it really worth it to complete everything if it means less time with the kids? They will grow up and housework will always be there
post #10 of 13
I view being a SAHM mom as my job, so I have to have a schedule or I lose my mind. (I think it's the teacher in me )

6:00 wake up, take the dog for a walk (45 min)
7:00 WThF baby arrives for babysitting, I shower and change
7:30 breakfast, put laundry in, get ds dressed, ds watches tv until 9:00, pick up toys, vacumn
8:00-9:45 WThF baby naps
9:30 snack, leave for activity
10:00-11:30 morning activity M:grocery shop/deep clean house/change bed linens, T:Park/visit Grammy, W:storytime or playgroup, Th:Library/park, F:Kindergym
11:30 Lunch, pick up toys
12-2:30 nap: I put laundry in dryer, wash dishes, wipe down tables, counters and bathroom, eat and take a break (on WThF, baby will nap some of this time)
3:00 snack, play inside and outside, on M go to a park
4:00 prep/start dinner, fold and put away laundry
5:00 WThF baby is picked up
5:30/6:00 dinner, dh gets home 6:30/7
7:00 dh gives ds bath, I do dinner dishes/wipe down kitchen (sometimes dh does this), pick up toys
7:30 ds stories/bedtime
relax (I'm adding in leg lifts and yoga stretches for 30 min before I veg for the night)

I have to get a certain amount of cleaning and laundry done each day or it gets out of control and I get overwhelmed. I start my week off with a good cleaning of the house (mopping, bathroom, dusting etc) and clean linens because it helps me stay on track the rest of the week. (I used to do it F, but then the house got dirty over the weekend with dh home, I find now I'm much calmer about it if I do it on M, I'm the one who really cares anyway) Doing a load of laundry every day also helps.
I do make an effort to play with and spend time with ds and the baby, but I also think it sets a good example to show that life is a balance of play time and chores.
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