Recently, I posted this short list of my day’s activities on Facebook:
I only have two children right now, ages 4-years and 19-months (although I’m not sure that’s entirely relevant, after reading Large Family Logistics…). If you are in the season of a newborn baby who still nurses for hours on end, or some other such circumstance, please give yourself grace.
However, I’ll share what the days often look like for me, since I know many of us are hoping to tackle some Spring Cleaning in the coming days!
That day, the schedule went like this:
6:30 am- Nurse Toddler, Bible Reading
7:00 am- Baking, while little ones played.
8:00 am- Family Breakfast Time
9:00 am- We had a pretty relaxed morning, and Calvin was gone with the fire department. We got dressed, brushed teeth, cleaned up the kitchen, started the dishwasher, laundry, etc.
10:00 am- We did homeschooling in the morning (toddler played with blocks at my feet), and some fun read-aloud books from the library.
Throughout the morning, I asked the children to help move the laundry through the washer & dryer quickly as the loads got done. (Since we have front-loaders, I was able to let them do this by themselves, and I just needed to add soap, and push the “on” buttons. They can reach baskets safely, and have figured out their own “assembly line” system.)
On the following day, we cleaned instead of doing laundry. The 4-yo enthusiastically ran the vacuum with the long hose with brush attachment (so she didn’t have to push it), and the toddler helped me put away dishes (he knows where most things go!), sweep the floor, and scrub the bathroom. The 4-yo sometimes will also help wash counters or windows with a safe spray cleaner & rag.
Noon- Lunch (simple sandwiches, children helped make their own) & Clean-Up
1:00- Lay Toddler down for his Nap (Calvin stopped in and let the 4-yo go on a quick errand with him, otherwise she would have done a quiet activity while I was upstairs.)
1:30-“Quiet Resting Time”- I read & napped while the toddler slept (some days, I will do my writing/office work during this time), and the 4-yo looked at books too. Calvin worked on his seminary studies and office work.
3:00- Nurse Toddler upon waking, then children had playtime. (Calvin was still studying/working.) I folded laundry in the afternoon in the same room where they played, and gave discipline as needed. Then they both helped put away their own laundry (they know where most items go), with supervision.
4:30- I began starting dinner (little ones “helped” with food prep). (You can see Gen insisted on measuring out everyone’s serving of lacto-fermented sauerkraut, while her little brother scooped out quinoa. She usually insists on wearing her apron; I’m not sure why she didn’t that day.)
Both children love to help pour and stir (sometimes this means placing the pans on the floor, so they can pour in the cups of rice, etc). The 4-yo can independently slice some things with a butter knife, such as soft cheeses or butter, or tear lettuce/greens. Both children help get out & put away needed items from the pantry, carry compost to the bin, throw away trash, get out needed dishes for cooking/eating, etc. Lots of tasting goes on, too.
Then we had our family dinner time, and the rest of our evening activities of baths, Bible reading/family worship, and tidying up.
How do you keep the days going smoothly?
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