Without breakfast, I’m a grouch. Grouchy wife and mom is not a good person to be around, and grouchy me should set the tone for the day for everyone in the house. When I miss breakfast, everyone else’s crazy builds up in me and I lash out. Making sure to eat breakfast or drink a great smoothie helps me to maintain my personal sanity and balance through the day, no matter how crazy the day might become. And let’s face it, some days are just out of control.
Oh, time. There are too few hours in the day for all the things. Few are the days when each item on the to-do list are checked off, but when I make time for prayer a priority, I find that the most important things are done. It helps when I pray about the list. My favorite way to start the day is with Blessed Is She, because I have time with God’s Word and a short reflection written by a woman to help me consider the message.
I am also making time for myself in other ways, like stealing away for 10 minutes to sew, or taking time while the boys are in the bath to soak my feet, or taking time to sit while I eat.
A pre-planned syllabus
This year, I enrolled our homeschool kids (our girls) into the Mother of Divine Grace program. I’ve used their syllabus loosely for years, tweaking a few things as we also did interest-led schooling and veered away from the syllabus for subjects like science and history. With a new baby on the way, our oldest entering 6th grade, and other schedules to keep, this year is *the* year for us to be enrolled. Doing so keeps me accountable to all the required turn-in assignments, keeps our 6th grader accountable to a standard of work expected for turning in and review, and takes all the pressure of scheduling and planning off my shoulders. Now I only have to sign in online and check the syllabi for the next assignments. I still have the flexibility of moving at our own pace, but I’m not doing the hard background work this year.
Because we’d all go insane without laughing, right?? I know better than to take myself too seriously, and with a houseful of kids under age 11, and the majority of them being boys (fart jokes abound), it’s a choice between laugh or cry. I choose to laugh.
A well-kept planner
I have 3 calendars going right now: one on the fridge, one in my purse, one for all my master plans which has space for daily appointments and to-dos. Without these, I’d be lost, late, and completely confused about what I should be doing. The fridge calendar helps all of us to see what is going on from day to day, the mini calendar in my purse helps me keep of track of appointments as they are made while we’re out, and the master planner holds it all, plus my daily to-dos and notes.
So far, the year is trucking along smoothly…at least as smoothly as can be hoped for with 3 different school schedules, all my appointments, a toddler, and little bodies that don’t like waking up early!