Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her." -JR Miller

Monday, December 06, 2010

The Joys of Scheduling

I just had to blog about our day today
Day 1 of implementing our new schedule, which I finally put together over the weekend - after months of reading managers of the home and starting but never finishing it I decided to just sit until it was done (thankfully we were at my parents for the weekend so had some help with the children)

It has been a HUGE success

Ok then so we didn't follow it perfectly, children wouldn't always co operate and some got missed out - but on the whole I am very impressed and pleased with how today went.

There was a purpose all day - to be honest in previous days I would plan some school and then when things went off track I would just write the whole day off - leaving the children to their own devices (which meant sometimes playing nicely other times fighting and making messes) in the name of "unschooling" heehee.
But today - we had a plan to look too - throughout the day I would check our schedule to see what we were all supposed to be doing (only the baby didn't have a schedule) and it made the day go more smoothly,  the children stayed out of trouble (most of the day) and I felt like we acheived something!
Some chores got done and some schooling - admittedly my eldest daughter refused to get dressed until after dinner and she also refused to do her schoolwork - but rather than stress at her I am deciding on a consequence for her to live with! And I am hoping as they realise this whole scheduling thing isn't going to go away, eventually she'll actually enjoy it - knowing what's happening and when - and knowing that we have time to fit things in that used to just be forgotten or we used to run out of time for - like building a gingerbread house!

more to come on the story of our gingerbread house - with more pics but that's a whole other blog post!!!

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