Here are the Contents for this series:
- Scheduling & Routines: You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it, Too. Part 1 and Part 2
- Scheduling for Fall - How I Create Our Schedules
- Scheduling: Just a Few Kids
- Scheduling: What To Do With Weekends?
- Scheduling: What To Do With Summer?
- Scheduling Babies
- My current schedule - Fall 2013 (for 9 kids ages: 15, 14, 10, 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, 2)
I've written so many more posts that relate to these posts on scheduling, it was really hard for me to not list them all in an effort to be thorough! *laugh* I desire to give you all of the details and practical how-to's for scheduling, yet to still keep it simple and concise. So just know that a series is probably a lot to take in. That's okay. Give yourself time. And the next time I post a series I'll try to post further in advance from when it could be applied so moms have some time to read through it and process it before it's time to apply it! *yikes!* Sorry! *smile* *hug*
If this looks like a ton of information then I encourage you to read first (or only) what's immediately pertinent for you right now and to leave the rest for later; perhaps read about weekends later in the fall, or about summers closer to that time.
Here's a short synopsis on each of my scheduling posts:
Every fall when we begin a new school year I sit down and create a new weekly schedule for our family. When that's done I've then proactively thought through what should happen when during a typical week, Monday-Friday, and I can eliminate about a hundred decisions for myself, per day, because those decisions and possible alternatives are already now made in advance. And, those decisions are made at a time when I can think straight and when I can focus, not on the fly or amidst chaos. When I decide things in advance I can make my best possible decisions for our family and eliminate many mistakes, which would have wasted my time and energy and others'. With a balanced schedule there is time to work, time to play, and enough time to rest.
I have many readers who have growing families but are not quite what most would call a large family. They're interested in scheduling and have asked me what my schedule looked like when we had fewer children - how did I get things done, and when there aren't any "helpers" really yet. So in this post I'll share with you ten of my past schedules when we had 2 children, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 children (and here is my current 9-children schedule as of fall 2011), to give you a window as to what those days were like for us. And the additional schedules may give growing families a window in to what having a larger family of varying sizes can look like. *smile*
- How can we have a routine while still having enough time to play outside in the sunshine?
- What do we do on rainy days?
- Should I fill the children's time? Don't they need a break completely?
- How long of a break shoule we take for summer?
- What if it's an extra hot day and water play is just about the only pleasant thing for the kids to do?
- Here's what our summer schedule looked like in 2012 - And a description
Every where we go with babies who are peaceful, contented, eating and sleeping in regular, predictable intervals people ask us, “How do you do that??” When we had only one baby people would say, “Wow, you are so lucky that your baby just does that.” I can tell you it’s not luck; it’s a lot of work to very gradually and lovingly train an infant – but it’s only for the first 3 months before baby is sleeping 11 hours at night, eating only 4 meals a day (every 4 hours), staying awake peacefully and happily for 2 hours at a time, and taking three 2-hour naps during the day. And avoiding the huge amount of overwhelm and exhaustion that so many mothers (and fathers) experience!
Just FYI since I'm asked for my scheduling template all the time it is available now for download at the top of Large Families On Purpose's Facebook homepage! *smile*I hope this series on scheduling a family has been helpful, encouraging, and provides possibly some direction and vision for what life can be like - living ON PURPOSE. *smile* I know it's a lot to take in, but please do be patient with yourself and don't even necessarily read all of these posts at once! This is a resource. I would never want to overwhelm anyone, but only to give useful and valuable information for you to choose from to bless your family. And I and our readers would love to hear your additional ideas to any of these concepts!
Blessings on your efforts for your family,
Managers of Their Homes, by Steve & Teri Maxwell ($25)
Managers of Their Schools, by Steve & Teri Maxwell ($18)
Managers of Their Chores, by Steve & Teri Maxwell ($25)
You also may be interested in my related post:
Living Life on Purpose - "Isn't it exhausting?"