The following is a post from contributing writer Amanda from The Pelsers.
My younger son Jacob is 18 months old. We had a good thing going: a two hour morning nap and a 2-4 hour afternoon nap. The morning nap was perfect timing for me to do schoolwork with Jonathan, my 5 year old. The afternoon nap was perfect for taking care of the house and work.
Then it happen: Jacob dropped his morning nap.
We tried to continue doing schoolwork in the morning, but Jonathan was easily distracted and Jacob was too young to be entertained by anything for more than 30 seconds. I struggled. I didn’t know what to do. I thought that school had to be done in the morning and needed to start early. But, I also liked my schedule and so did Jonathan. It just wasn’t working any longer.
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I tried to force the schedule for a while, but then I stumbled upon a better way for us in this season of life. Out of sheer frustration one day, I declared that we were taking a break from schoolwork until Jacob’s afternoon nap time. That afternoon, once Jacob was down for his nap, I put on water for tea and made some cookies. I made the time special. We were able to focus and get through school time without distractions. We continued this schedule for the rest of that week.
This new schedule turned out to work very well for us. I realized that I’d become a slave to my schedule. So I rearranged our schedule permanently; well, it is now our schedule until the next time we need to make a drastic change.
Are you a slave your your schedule? Are you trying to push a schedule that is no longer the best for your family?
Here are a few ideas to try for rearranging your school schedule and making it special:
- Tea Time
- One-on-one time with mom
- Buddy time with a sibling
- Save high-concentration subjects for while younger children are resting
What would you add to this list? How have you known it’s time to rearrange the schedule at your house?
Amanda juggles homeschooling her 5 year old while running after her active toddler. She recently released an ebook in PDF, Kindle, and Nook titled Finding Joy in Depression to encourage women to stop hiding from depression, give tips for those trying to manage depression, and support those with a loved one suffering from depression. She blogs about life, motherhood, homeschooling, technology, books, faith, and more at ThePelsers.com.