...and for life in general.
I've been reading this free e-book (Education is...) as well as the instruction manual for this P.E.G.S system, and I've been feeling like a bad mother.
In that e-book on Charlotte Mason-esque education, it lists 60 or so good habits and suggests working on them one at a time for about 2 months each. It also points out that at that rate it would take you ten years to get through the list. For someone like me who wants instant results, that seems like an awfully long time. But it serves as an excellent reminder that raising children into decent adults is an awfully long process.
Among the habits is listed Use of Time. Since our move last year, followed a few months later by the birth of Mary, my personal use of time has been less than stellar. And, unfortunately, when I fall apart (in one sense), it is unrealistic to expect my little children to keep things together. So meal times have not been at a regular hour, laundry is often done "as needed," and bedtimes for me and the children have been later than I want.
I've been working on a schedule (with plenty of "margins"), and plan to implement some changes with the children beginning next week and taking a few weeks to fully affect. But this week, I'm working on me. I must, as much as possible, keep my own priorities in mind as I choose how to spend these lazy summer days. Is the laundry rotated? Is dinner prepped? Have the children done their chores? Did I spend any time reading to the children or playing a game with them?
Interestingly enough, I began my planning by first outlining a school day. I think a non-school day should resemble a school day as much as possible for consistency. The difference, of course, is that school work hours become free time.
And now, as the hour approaches 7 am, I must get off the computer and make some pancakes for my kiddos. If I'm really good and get my chores done, I'll get to come back later!