I had been feeling like I was drowning a little bit in a sea of disorganization in a couple realms of my life: in my home office and with the kids’ summer schedule.
This week I tackled both and am feeling much better!
Yesterday morning the hospital wide software system we use went down and I got locked out until they could fix it. I decided to use the opportunity to CLEAN MY OFFICE, which had been floating around on my to do list for weeks now. It was just a mess of papers, stacks, notes, misc. clutter and it was even truly dirty. Like real dust and dirt, dirty.
Much better! IT FEELS AMAZING now that it’s clean!!! Planning to start writing “clean office” on my weekly calendar to stay more on top of this going forward….
2. THE KIDS
Summer has been in full swing for a while now, but we had been sort of coasting through without too much of any real schedule. It had been working okay, but the last couple weeks we’ve had some issues controlling video game time vs. time to do other stuff I want them to do.
We had set a limit of 2.5 hours of video games (to spread out over the entire day. I feel like this sounds like a lot, but when implemented it actually feels like an appropriate amount to me. We’re okay with it).
However, they were tending to use an hour of their time in the morning, then play outside, then come back in and want to play the rest of their time, then go back outside….and then it would suddenly be 4 pm and no one had touched the piano, done anything “enriching”, helped with any chores….
So this week we came up with the following system of expectations and all signed it:
Before turning on video games in morning:
- Make bed/ pick up room
- Brush teeth
- Get dressed
- Wipe down bathroom sink (Asher even days/ Ethan odd days)
- (It also must be at least 7:30 a.m. So if they wake up at 7:00, they can read or do something else, but no video games until 7:30)
**1 hour max of video games at this time (so 7:30-8:30)**
Before getting the other 1.5 hours of game time (later in day), the following must be done:
- At least 20 minutes of piano practice
- 30 minutes of reading
- 15 minutes of Math- either Beestar exercises, Freckle or Common Core sheets
- 15 minutes of Writing- either a journal entry, short story, etc.
- Something creative- Legos, drawing, building something, whatever
- Watch 1 educational show of their choosing- National Geographic show or episode, Discovery Channel or even just a good You Tube video, etc. (They have chosen “Man vs. Wild” a few times, which I think is a bit borderline if it’s truly educational, but they learn cool stuff about nature (I think) and it’s not cartoons, so I let it slide)
- Complete at least 1 daily chore of my choosing! (Unload dishwasher, vacuum sun room, etc.)
We figured this would all total about 2 ½ hours of time, on average, when all said and done and would get them some brain activity without being too over the top or rigid.
They don’t have to do it all at once- they just have to do it all before they can play more video games later on.
It seems to be working pretty well so far. Having them just KNOW they can’t play more video games until this stuff is done has made monitoring it all a lot easier for me too, and by limiting the time, it naturally creates big chunks in the day that video games are just not an option.
They do have some activities going on right now that also take up some time, depending on the day- but more on how that’s all going in another post.
What are your summer days looking like currently? Do your kids have any kind of schedule right now?
Daily Gratitude: I am grateful for reading with the boys. I have read with them for a bit in the morning a few days this week outside and I’m always so grateful that they enjoy doing that with me yet.