Never in my life have I been a person that likes a schedule. It is too confining for spontaneous person like me. Nope. No schedule at all. Then I had four kids. ALL boys. My view on a schedule has changed.
Hopefully after this post your view will change. Kids NEED consistency. It helps them to be calm and balanced. Schedules let them know what comes next. Even if they cannot read a schedule helps. Believe it or not…..a schedule will help siblings to stop fighting.
After implementing a schedule and seeing for myself how the fighting slowed down I was sold. Did this happen as soon as we used the family as a schedule? No. The key was to NOT stop when I wanted to and forge ahead with the schedule. Thought the school year we went though and our schedule evolved into more of a “routine” schedule. Nevertheless, everyday we continued on
Looking back, I am very happy that I did not quit. Hopefully you will be happy that you continue with a schedule if you so decide to start one.
Three years ago after stumbling onto the website for Titus2 and reading several of the blog posts there I purchased the book for scheduling. When I purchased the book my fourth child had been born and days were very chaotic.
5 Ways To Use A Schedule:
- Separate the children for awhile. Everyone needs some alone time.
- Fighting can sometimes stem from boredom. Having something to do gets rid of the boredom. Moms who stay home all day will see time fly by when they are kept busy.
- Encourages imagination during play. Kids need to have a chance to play with their toys without any brother or sister intervening. Individual play time encourages ideas.
- Keeps the house running smoothly if breakfast, lunch and dinner all happen at the same time or close to the same time each day.
- Schedules help kids to get to bed at a decent hour. Tired kids will start fighting and bickering.
Many years ago my life was work, come home, dinner and homework, then bed. To thrive in work or be there on time I had to follow a schedule. Becoming a stay at home mom allowed me to work on my self discipline even when not required.
There was no time clock to check me in and out. Time was my own. The kids needed to eat and my husband was hungry when he came home. A proper schedule helped me to run our household and get to the grocery.
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
The big question is….Do you use a schedule, or will you?