fairy4tmama Posted June 14, 2012 Share Posted June 14, 2012 (edited) Or how to get back on track when you have been derailed and how do you make the transition from lots of play time to a longer school day when you have littles in the mix who should be playing? My oldest is nine and not terribly independent. Two days a week I have 3 extra kids ages 7, 5, 19m. We have had a ton of interruptions to our schedule in the past 3 months including me having surgery and a recovery period that will take a while. I really need some help streamlining things or in reality a lot of help fixing our routine.:confused: Please...:bigear: This is what our days looked like just prior to my surgery we have been off for two week(no extra kids and no lessons) Monday, Wednesday, Friday Slow start to the day...I have never been much of a morning person but with my illness it has been very hard to get going. DH lost his job two months ago and while we usually do no TV on weekdays before 5 he often will watch an episode or two of something with them while while getting breakfast and eating. Around 9 or 10 I am finally moving (though I have likely been up since 8) mom-chores dishes, clear table, sweep, start laundry etc kids-playing in rooms coloring or reading usually about 11 I realize how late it is and give DS9 a five minute warning and scramble finish what ever chore I am in the midst of so we can start 15 minutes go by and I call ds to the table ( I know if I mean 15 minutes I need to say 15 minutes) DS 9 looks over his weekly agenda and decides what to start with if it is something he can do on his own I try to get more chores done like getting lunch ready while being available. If he chooses something non independent obviously no lunch making is happening. around 12:30 or 1 I again realize how late it is & break to make lunch have lunch kids have quiet reading time for 15-30 while I cleanup from lunch & swap laundry send littles to room to play quietly while I resume lessons with older. It is likely 2 or 2:30 at this point, I try to focus him on working only on those things he needs me for so I can move on to working with his brother... at this point there is often frustration on D9's part because he wants to go play with his friends but we aren't done and there are frequent interruptions form the littles as I have not really filled there cup at all:( once DS9 is done with work that requires my direct participation I call DS7 to the table and get started with him at this point it may be as late as 4 and really we all wish we were done already:banghead: and my five year old wants to know "when are we going to do my lessons?" and really we are still only getting 2/3 of our lessons done ( you will notice that no where in this have I mentioned family lesson which are theoretically history, science, art, read alouds, religion) Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays I am up at 7:30 wake kids try to get breakfast by 8 Other children arrive between 8:30-8:45 all kids play I tidy kitchen and play with toddler (we were doing nature walks during this time but with my energy levels so low I have been staying close to home and will likely need to continue to do so) 10:30 make and serve snack/ read to the kids a longish story kids play while I make lunch 12:00 serve lunch Kids have quiet reading time while I clear lunch dishes Between 12:30 - 1 extra 5yo and 19mo depart I usually end up chatting with their mom as we are good friends kids play, I let DS9 know we will start in x minutes I am much better about being realistic and I make coffee for myself start with DS 9 have him work on items he needs me for while littles play, usually finish work with mom items in 2-3 hours if he has been focused and on task. Make snack Call DS7 and extra 7yo to start lessons and have snack work with them for an hour to an hour and half feeling pressure to get it done because it is late and I have to drive extra home ( dd5 has snack at this time and does some copy work and math at the table with us) leave to take extra home no later then 5:30 (though this would ideally happen at 4:30) come home and sleep while DH feeds kids You may wonder why I am not up earlier on MWF and the reason is that on W and F at least I am exhausted from T and Th. If you have read all of this thank you! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Edited June 14, 2012 by fairy4tmama Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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