I have been thinking a lot about the lack of routine we have in our household at this time. And when I say lack of, what I really mean is there is NO routine, none. at. all. I know how we got here: bed rest for momma + holidays + new baby + moving = no set schedule.
However, I do not like to function that way. It is very hard on me to not have a set schedule in place, so that I know what needs to be accomplished. Especially where school is concerned. I worry that my kids will get behind and never catch up, they will be “those” homeschooled kids, the ones who you wonder what exactly their parents taught them?? I, of course, want others to interact with my children and think “what amazing, smart, well-mannered, respectful children!”
Of course, I know that I am not going to leave my children to flounder in their education and that as I work with them the well-mannered, respectful, smart, etc. characteristics I desire will start to bloom in each of them in different ways. Which is why having a routine is so important to me. It was a HUGE pull towards the workbox system. I knew that the ability to schedule out the day using the workboxes would help my children to work independently, at their own pace, while giving me a smidge of alone time! (That last part is a bonus – but one I crave none the less.)
I have enjoyed seeing the delight and pride my children take in finishing their work and moving their workbox tags to the completed station. I know that my children love to learn and I want to do everything I can to keep that bucket full! I just need some help getting back on the wagon, so to speak!
So, for all you homeschooling, workboxing, unschooling, charlotte mason, and every style in between mommas: Got any advice for how I can get back on schedule with a new baby in the house? (One that is still on most nights waking up twice; even though I thought I had that problem solved, and of course he requires a lot of attention. What are some ways you worked around the new addition to your family?