Here’s a look at what we do each day to keep our kids feeling secure with a predictable schedule, as well as creating order to thrive.
*I should note that you learn very quickly with children that your schedule will be perfect one week, and the next sickness, growth spurts, holidays, and a hoist of many other circumstances will cause you to hit the reset button and go back to the drawing board. I’m not flexible by nature, but I sure do love creating plans, so there’s that. 😉
5:30am – Micah wakes for a feeding
6am – Mom gets ready for the day, has coffee and quiet time (I read our churches corporate Bible Reading plan. Check it out here: https://www.growthjournalonline.com)
7:15am – Boy’s alarm turns green and it’s okay to wake!
We eat together, read our Scheidt Family Way of the week which includes a devotional…
Next, we talk about our Habit for the week, and pray. After breakfast the boys do their chores while I clean up:
- Take dishes to the sink
- Boy get dressed and brush teeth together
- Adon makes the beds
- Tristan feeds Knox
8am – Outside to play! [If we’re doing an outing, we’ll start to load the car]
9:30am – Tea time (+snacks) with poetry and/or hymn study
^^^This book is also gold! Thanks to my sis, Aunt Lee Lee, for the gift. Adon memorized this poem for the week and has said it many times throughout his day when he wants to quit on a project. Tristan has also memorized “Try, try again.” 🙂
After tea time, outside again we go! The boys can also do activities inside if they’d rather. But usually, I’m outside reading a book or nursing the baby so they choose to be where I am.
11:30am – Tidy up while mom prepares lunch
12pm – Eat lunch together. We may do another story or poem from the book if the boys ask.
12:30pm – Tristan down for a nap, usually Micah too.
During nap time, Adon and I will usually read from our current chapter book (right now it’s Laura Ingles Wilder’s, On the Banks of Plumb Creek. Then he’ll listen to the Boxcar Children audio book stories through the Hoopla library app. You’ll usually find him playing legos or drawing while he listens.
Usually during this time, mom will dinner prep, pay bills, or pick up a book if the first two needs are resolved. Sometimes, she’ll even sneak in a workout that Coach Blake has programmed :).
2:30pm – Tristan wakes up and he’s usually quite grumpy (like his momma) after a nap so a snack is prepared and ready. Some sliced cucumbers and turkey jerky, coupled with fresh air is usually all it takes to lighten his mood.
3pm – Around this time we seem to need more structure so I’ve implemented afternoon chores (water plants, empty dishwasher, fold and put away clothes, pick up sticks, whatever it takes to keep them busy!).
4pm – Daddy’s home!!! Right now the boys love doing the “underdog swing” when dad gets home that was gifted from GG for Christmas. Or, of course, wrestle.
4:50pm – Pick up toys, wash up for dinner, and help set the table.
5pm – Supper time! This is a sacred time for our family. We enjoy all gathering around, no matter how chaotic it can be, to end the day together over a nutritious meal.
5:30ish – Bath time
6pm – Time for tea (CALM magnesium drink) and stories in the teepee with dad
6:30pm – Prayers and kisses, goodnight!
Blake and I are very strict about early bedtime because we know the value of sleep for their ever-developing brains, as well as mom and dad having uninterrupted alone time together before drifting off to sleep at 9pm.
Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.Benjamin Franklin