As Stay-at-Home-Moms, we all have our own styles of running our days. Some of us are morning people, some of us are night owls, most of us would love to sleep all day. I’m going to share with you how our typical days run in our household. I have a very, and I mean, very loose schedule. I find it puts less pressure on all of us and allows our day to just flow. Right now Noah, our 8-year-old, is currently enrolled in public school. We will be pulling him out next year and homeschooling! Please feel free to follow our journey here. Our 3-year-old and 1 year old stay home with me along with 4-6 other friends all under 4 years old.
7:00-7:45 – This is when we all roll out of bed, eat breakfast, and rush my son and husband off to school and work.
8:00-9:30 – The children I keep during the day slowly start trickling into our home. Everybody comes at a different time, which is fine with me. During this time the children are free to do whatever they like. It’s free-play time! Self-entertaining is so important. I usually spend this time picking up and preparing the house for the day (i.e. doing leftover dishes, preparing crafts, starting laundry).
10:00 – At this time we all come together for an activity which is also, you guessed it, child-led. It might be dress-up, fort building, play-dough, whatever the kids agree to do I will follow their lead. This might also mean multiple activities going on at once as there are different ages and interests.
10:30-11:00 – The babies go down for a morning nap. This is the time I try to encourage the kids to do an activity that we would not otherwise be able to do with young teething babies around. Some of our favorites are the bean box, painting, jewelry making and other fine motor activities or board games. In the summer we try to get outside during this time also.
12:00 – LuncLunchtimel the kids get to the tiny table ready themselves with their napkins and whatever silverware is needed. I get out
1:00 – We begin preparing the younger toddlers for nap time. We go potty, get out blankets, and read books. Then it’s off to naps. The older kids get to watch an educational show on tv while I pick up the tornado that blew through our house while we were playing.
2:00 – You might have already guessed, but it’s more free play. This involves the older kids (3 and 4-year-olds) so it’s lots more pretend imaginative play which is so fun to listen and observe. I try not to interfere unless there is a dispute which they cannot solve on their own.
3:00 – My son comes home from school. I probe my son for answers to how his day a school is, what he is learning, and what he wants to do this afternoon. I try to give him some one-on-one attention. Then I wake up the little ones from their afternoon naps. This is the busiest time of my day because I end up juggling diaper changes, snacks, and various toys all over the house.
3:30-4:30 – The children I keep are now trickling out as their parents come pick them up. This Ema is now exhausted, however, I push on and try my best to spend some quality time with just my kids.
4:30-6:00 – We either run errands or prepare dinner or sometimes we just veg out to some tv or iPad time. (yes, we allow screens but monitor the time carefully) My husband comes from work in this time slot as well.
6:00-7:00 – Dinner is served. We always gather around the table and I love having a nice family meal after such a long day.I clean up after and my husband has some one on one time with the kiddos.
7:30 – Bathtime
8:00 – Bedtime! This mom and dad are beat! We plop down for some Netflix before retiring to bed.
What I love about our days is that there is some structure so the children can feel a rhythm and balance but I also love that they are free to entertain themselves, engage in their own interests, and play with other children or play alone. They are able to be themselves whether that means painting a picture alone, getting their energy out by jumping on the couch, or engaging in pretend cooperative play with friends they are truly leading the life that, I believe, children should be leading. I love being the facilitator of their learning and growing. It’s amazing how much they learn through play. We do a lot of “hide and seek” and suddenly my daughter can count up to 20 no problem! I am always amazed and what they come up with themselves and, when I give suggestions, how they take that advice and make it work for their own personal enrichment. Our days are usually carefree and fun and as a toddler, isn’t that what life’s all about? Now don’t get me wrong, we have our fair share of spilled milk, fighting over toys, and general meltdowns, but that is all part of the learning process for these tiny humans. At the end of the day, this lifestyle works for us and we know we are very blessed to be able to raise our children this way.
If you have any questions or want to fill me in on how you structure your days please feel free to get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you!