I am so excited because I just won a free consultation with Donna Ashton, an expert on creating sane, productive rhythms in the home! And she is an expert by way of having twins whom she home-schools, while also running her own business from home. How does she do it?!
Well, maybe I will find out. I bought Donna's 4 Steps to Rhythm earlier this summer and have made some good progress, getting a better flow on the days when I am home with my four year old son. It makes such a difference when he knows, that I know, what we are going to do next. I can just look on the fridge and say, "It's play-time for you now, while I'm working, and then we will have lunch." Sometimes I set a timer so he feels there is some outside accountability as to when we will move to the next part of our plan.
Now don't get me wrong, we are following a flexible rhythm, not a set schedule. The time when things happen can float, and there is room for some spontaneity. (I love being spontaneous - probably why I need a schedule, right?) But with my new rhythm, I notice I'm able to give more attention to my child, and get more work done. I feel less frustrated at the end of the day.
Here is the daily rhythm I've been working with recently:
Brush Teeth, Comb Hair, Dress
8:00 Outside chores, walk
9:00 Inside for planned activity time (1 hour) Circle time and Craft
11:00 Little at self-play, Mom works till 12:30
1:00 Quiet time (1 hour)
Mom works 1-2pm
2-2:30 Chore time, Little helps and plays
3pm Snack and dinner prep
4pm Play till 5 pm, usually outside
Mom finishes work/chores
5:15 Dad home
5:30 -6pm Supper time
Pickup Toys Time while dinner is being prepared. (15 min.)
It's still a work in progress, so I'll let you know how I change things after the consultation. If you want a glimpse of Donna's homeschool rhythm with 8 year old twins, click here.
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