In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a minimalist at heart and I don’t like chaos. I don’t mind the kind of chaos that comes from having sooooooo many children but I do mind the chaos that happens when I don’t have a decent plan. Or when I have a decent plan but don’t stick to it.
Before Labor Day I was really mourning the end of summer because we’ve added several things to our schedule this school year and it will mean that I’m out of the house more than I’m used to.
I tend to get overwhelmed when I have a lot of out of the house commitments. When I get overwhelmed I turn into a crazy, nazi mama who is seriously lacking in grace. I’m determined this year to go through the year with balance, calmness and grace. In order to do that I’m relying on my “secret weapons”…
Here’s my secret weapon for keeping our family out of the chaos zone:
yep, same as last year. The calendar and the daily schedule on the fridge. If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t exist….I don’t care how many times you told me. So my kids have learned that if they have something they want to do, they better write it on the calendar. Everything goes on here, even things that happen every week. I just need it written down.
The daily schedule is really more of a routine or rhythm. It’s posted on the fridge just in case someone “forgets” what he should be doing.
It also has their daily room or chore assignments. Each child has a room or chore (in addition to their bedroom and laundry) that he is responsible for. It has been so nice living in a smaller home, our last house was completely overwhelming for me. I didn’t really realize it until we moved into this much smaller home. These chores should only take about 10 minutes to complete.
I have two other secret weapons to help me stay sane: