Monday, May 6, 2013

Get the rhythm...

Connecting Families Through Creative Play: Day 3 - Family Rhythm

Around here, we are not so much with the schedules.  Back in my teaching days, I was the master of the schedule.  Now that I don't have to be, well, let's just say that sometimes we never make it out of the house in the mornings.  But we like it that way.

I was a little nervous when I saw the topic for this day's reflection.  I know that this e-course is intended to be anything but guilt-inducing, and yet...would I read about rhythm only to find that we aren't doing enough?

Ha.  I should have known better.  After all, I chose this e-course because it is run by two nifty like-minded women who know all about the ups and downs of life with littles.  And I am happy to report that it seems I have not yet irreparably damaged my children with our "open-ended" "schedule".

Here's the thing: we've got a rhythm around here.  We have our anchor points, as they are sometimes called, which mainly consist of meals and sleeping.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner happen at or around the same time each day.  Nap comes after lunch (and goes on and on, thank goodness).  And bedtime?  Well, if there is one thing I have done right as a parent, it is getting into a bedtime routine.  If you are over here and it is past eight and Elijah is still out and about...well, it just doesn't happen.  The best is when it gets to be 8:03 or so, and guests are over and maybe Kurt and I haven't been paying attention, and Elijah announces, "It's time for bedtime." Anchor point indeed.

And so our days ebb and flow around these anchors of meals and rest.  The key that I consider when structuring our days is balance: quiet/loud, together/apart, home/away, inside/outside.  Most days, it works.  After doing some reflecting, I have been trying to devise a way to make a visual schedule of sorts for Elijah.  (Shall I go full-on hippie and call it a rhythm chart?)

Here's my rough draft:

At the top is my idea for a layout.  I am thinking that this will be magnetic.  The anchor points might be something stickier, like masking tape.  There is lots of space in between for magnets of the people, places, and things in the second picture.  My goal is to finish this by the end of May.  I'll keep you posted.  Thoughts?  Links to your family's scheduling mechanism?

And now, for Mommy, in the words of Elijah, I think it's time for bedtime.

1 comment:

  1. So sweet. Very nice shots.
    That's very creative -- the chart. Good luck with it ... planning never worked for me when my son was a baby. Aside from the all-important nap routine, everything else was changing. But if you do implement a schedule, it is probably very important to keep it in place. Lovely post.