I've created a new bedtime schedule for us, partly because Secondborn has been having some issues recently and partly because I have this growing fear that the year is getting away from us. So we started it last night. Which means that for the first time this school year, Firstborn has practiced his bass and Secondborn has practiced his piano. We've also added in a cut-off time for any kind of Looking At Screens, at which point we switch over to about fifteen minutes of general cleaning, then Getting Ready For Bed, then about fifteen minutes of reading in bed before Lights Out.
This actually went pretty well this first time, but I expect more wailing and gnashing of teeth as we continue on with it. Still... so far so good. And if it helps us start feeling like things maybe aren't constantly on the edge of spiraling out of control, so much the better.
A bed time ritual is very helpful. Right now we have 7 people living here on about 7 different schedules. Sigh.ReplyDelete
Ugh. Yeah, tonight will be Day 3 of the new schedule, and I think we're doing better - though the younger one was not please with the early-morning walk this morning. But I think he got the crankiness out of his system before school, so if that's what it takes, well...Delete
But trying to live together then everybody's on a different schedule is just rough.