My kids have no sort of daily schedule. I consider this one of my biggest accomplishments and failures as a mother, depending on the day you ask me. I like that my kids don’t have such a strict schedule that it makes it hard to conform to other’s schedules in regards to play dates and such. “Noah naps 10-12 so we can meet anytime after that.” Oh, Olivia goes down at noon, she’ll be up by 2, maybe we can meet then?” “Well, actually 2 is bath time, then Noah goes down for his afternoon nap around quarter to 3…” I love not having to feel like I’m solving a riddle to make a time for a play date.
BUT, admittedly, I feel like if my kids were on a schedule, I would be able to get a lot more done, in terms of radio station work (so that I don’t have to stay up until midnight doing it), housework and fun activities with them throughout the day. Right now we just wing it everyday. Will they nap today? Who knows. Will they have 3 meals? Hopefully… with a couple healthy snacks in between would be ideal. Lennon is 20 months old and in many ways I feel like we’re still in survival mode, where my goal is just for us all to make it through another day alive. I don’t think it needs to be that way anymore, it’s just what we’re used to.
In theory it’d be great to have my kids be on a schedule, but not so strictly that they become hot messes when the schedule is changed. Why can’t kids be more resilient to change? Haha. I think they may be old enough now that I can make this work, get them slightly scheduled. Here’s what I’m going to try for:
6 am: I wake up, shower, do some cleaning or meal prep to start my day productively
7 am: kids wake up, get ready for their day, breakfast
Play, snuggle, read, dance parties, etc. together
10 am: snack time
Kids play independently while I do radio work
1 pm: nap time, Lennon until about 3:00, Lucille until about 2:00. Cleaning time for me.
2 pm: craft time with Lucille while Lennon naps
3 pm: snack time
More playing, snuggling, reading, dance parties together
5:30 pm: dinner
Cleaning, organizing, or grocery shopping while Peter plays with kids
7:30 pm: bath time every other night
Wind down as a family, watch a show and then read a book
8:30: bed time
Catch up on anything that can’t wait until the next day and quality time with Peter
10 pm: bed time for me
I am not going to get super obsessed with this schedule and force snack at 10 am or anything like that. But I thought if I could make a visual list of what I’d like our day to look like, it’ll be easier to achieve something resembling it.