I have six people working against me, or my entire house would be completely organized to perfection. Order makes me feel calm and put together.
So, with that said, I came up with a daily schedule yesterday. I realize that kids behave better when they have some structure and know what they are supposed to be doing and when they are supposed to be doing it.
Call me crazy. BUT! It worked wonderfully yesterday. Let's hope the other 60+ days of summer go as well.
9:00 am: Everyone needs to be up, dressed and having breakfast
9:30 am: Brush teeth and daily chores
10:00 am - Noon: Outside play
Noon: Quick pick up (toys, dishes, garbage, ect. that has managed to invade the house in the last 2 hours)
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Quiet time ( they can choose: nap/reading/math/educational computer games)
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Outside play
5:00 pm: 2nd Quick pick up (because you know they've caused a mess again!)
5:30 pm: Dinner
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Outside play or TV time (their choice)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Showers, brush teeth, prayers
8:30 pm: BEDTIME!
This is so nice, because I know when I can schedule in time to work and do my homework. Let's hope that it lasts!