Okay. So now the kids have been out of school for a couple of weeks and you’re running out of ideas. You may also feel the urge to lose a few marbles wondering how you’re going to get it all done whilst surrounded by the kiddies.
Don’t fret. Rest assured that these 4smartypants are happy to help! Instead of reverting back to television, video games or spending huge amounts of time, sanity and money on camps, outings and amusement parks, why not put some savvy into your schedule? Here’s what we do…
Instead of allowing the day to be wasted, we at 4smartypants organize each day with meaning. For me, I allow for some structure, like naps, learning time and meals to be surrounded by loosely organized activities. Within this structure, I allow for opportunities to get my household tasks done without taking time away from my kids. This is what a typical day looks like in my home…
Breakfast/Getting Ready (I put in a load of laundry while kids are dressing)
Learning Time (Home schooling books are great for this! I can do dishes while I help)
Arts & Crafts or Trip to the Park or Pool
Free Play (While I switch a load of laundry and make lunch)
Nap (I pick one chore item to do each day then fold & put away laundry)
Free Play (While I check emails or write)
Dance Party (Use your imagination!)
Outdoor Play (I usually study lines for my play or go over edits for my book at this time)
Game or Outing
Clean-Up (They can pick up while I vacuum and sweep)
Coloring (While I Cook)
Family Time (Everything’s done or can wait ‘til tomorrow. Time to enjoy the family)
Story & Bedtime (I do my shopping after the kids go to bed)
I realize that the above outline looks like just a lot of common sense. When I was an activities coordinator, I learned that writing down a simple outline of structured, daily activities allowed me to get the most out of my day. I have since incorporated the same practice into my home life with great success. With this schedule, the kids are content to have some structure mixed with nonsensical free-play and I am happy to have time built in to get my daily tasks done.
If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend tugging up those smartypants and giving it a go with a schedule that works for you!