Daily Schedule.. Where to begin?????

User - posted on 03/21/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )




I know how important consistency is in children’s lives. Having a set schedule (I’ve heard) Keep’s the household flowing. Well I haven’t the slightest clue on the matter. I have always tried to have a set schedule but I always find myself flying by the seat of my pants. Nap times are hard and bed times are impossible. I need help! I need a schedule for my family! I have a 5 year old who is in kindergarten, and I stay home with my two girl’s ages 3 and 2 during the day. It feels like there is so much to do that the kids do their own thing most of the time. For the love of MOTHERHOOD help me out! :op


♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/21/2012




Hey, Nicole, just remember, take it easy. It worked best for me when they were little to have a chart...Just so my "mommy brain" wouldn't forget to stay on schedule...

Michelle - posted on 03/21/2012




I have 3 kids, 2 are in school and my 2yo is mainly home with me.

My weekday routine is different to the weekends but my day usually starts about 6:30am so I can have a shower in peace :-) I then wake the kids up by 7:15 and they have breakfast and get dressed. We are out the door by 8:15 to get the boys to school. 2 ornings a week I run the uniform shop at school so am there until 9am. If I have any running around to do I do it in the morning. That way my toddler isn't grumpy.

I make sure I'm home by 11:30 (not always possible) so that I can get my daughter down for her nap around 12. She usually sleeps for 2 hours so wakes up in time to go and pick up the boys from school. While she's sleeping I clean the kitchen, put some washing on, mop the floors etc.

After school is a real rush. Tuesdays and Thursday the boys have sport from 5:30-6:30 and on Wednesday's my oldest one has an art class from 3:30-5. I also work on Wednesday's so I don't do much housework that day.

Most day (apart from Tues & Thurs) we have dinner at 6. It's then shower and homework time for the boys and my daughter has her bath around 7. Bedtime is around 8pm for the kids, that's my relaxing time so I can get ready to do it all again the next day :-)


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Elfrieda - posted on 03/21/2012




I'm someone who is not that great at keeping a schedule, either, but life is SO much easier when I keep on it, so I've been much more scheduled since I realized that.

If you're starting from "we never have a set time for anything", take a look at the order in which you do things. You might see a pattern, like wake, breakfast, go out (groceries, playdates, etc), lunch, nap, whiney time, supper, bed. (that's our house... we're trying to work on "whiney time". It helps that I can send my son outside now that it's so nice)

If you don't see a pattern, try to start a pattern. Do some days work better than others? If so, try to copy what you did.

If you do have patterns, set a time on only one of the things. (like a specific time for supper, for example) Do that for a week, and then set a time on another thing.

The reason I suggest going so slowly is because when you're not used to it, if you try to go full-time scheduled you might burn out and give up. And you might like it a little less schedule-y than other people. It doesn't matter what other people are doing, just try to find what works for your own family.

I hope you find sanity and calm soon! :)

User - posted on 03/21/2012




Thanks EVERYONE! It's time this mommy makes a scedule! I'll let you know how it goes! :o)

Brianna - posted on 03/21/2012




well my daughter kinda sets the morning routine with her internal clock lol. she usually wakes at 730 on the dot every morning lol so on the rare day she sleeps in till 8 or 830 its a treat for mommy.so once we wake up the routine is to go sit on the couch and wake up for a few min i put the tv on for taylor as i check my email (my daughter refuses to eat right away so she needs a lil time to wake up first) so we then have breakfast. after that i go to her room and pull out her clothes and lay them on her bed and tell her to dress herself right down to putting her own pullup on (shes 28months old) and tell her to make her bed. i then go get myself dressed and ready as she dresses herself then i help her brush her teeth and i do her hair. then she goes off to play or she helps me with chorse depending on what im doing (she loves to help with laundry or dusting) we usually have lunch at 12 or 1230 (we go swimming twice a week from 1130-1230) then nap time is at 1pm and she usually sleeps till 230 or 3. when she wakes she has snack. then she plays or we run arrands. we eat at 6pm then at 715ish she takes a bath and brushes her teeth. then has a snack. then off to bed at 8pm.

Brittney - posted on 03/21/2012




My daughter is 17 months and she wakes up at 8:00a, then its breakfast time, then we take daddy to work, come home play, snack, lunch nap time (my time). We just have to be back by 11:30-12:00 and during her nap time I can nap, bathe, shower, or clean. 3 hours later we eat again, go get daddy from work, come back home play some more, eat dinner, bath time, Ruby's bed time. Day starts at 8:00a and her day ends at 8:30p. Some days we actually go somewhere we just make sure to be back by a certain time (her nap) unless were at the zoo, she can nap in the stroller.

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