My husband recently went out of town on business for a week. It’s been a long time since I’ve been left at home with two little ones and a crazy pup (actually, this has never happened, at least not since the puppy came along!)
We live a fairly routine life. We eat dinner at the same time each night, take a bath at the same time, and go to bed at the same time. Sweets are generally reserved for weekends, as are movies. The kids know when we get home from school we do homework and following that, if there’s time, we play outside for a while before dinner preparation has to begin.
This week, I threw our schedules out the window.
Now, trust me, this was harder than I thought it would be. First of all, I’m a stickler for a good schedule. I like to know what is coming and when. I want to know that at eight, the girls are tucked into bed for the night and I can sit down and do grocery list making or novel writing or any work that didn’t get completed during the day.
This week, there was none of that.
The girls slept in my bed several nights as we had ‘slumber parties.’ We ate dinner at odd times and had sweets during the day! We tried sasparilla (the real stuff!). The girls have never had a sip of soda in their lives, but I found it at a store and couldn’t resist. We watched a movie during a school night and one night skipped bath altogether!
And you know what? The world didn’t stop revolving on its axis, nor did the girls’ teeth rot and fall out from an over-consumption of sugar.
I believe in schedules; but I also believe at times you just have to let them go.
Feeling anxious just hearing these words? Let me relieve your stress a bit!
- You don’t have to do this all of the time, but do it some of the time. Kids who are under a lot of pressure to get things done (they are involved in after school classes, have two hours of homework each night,and don’t get an ounce of downtime during the week between it all) are certain to be stressed. Wouldn’t you be? Simply changing up the routine from time to time can eliminate some of that.
- Your kids will be okay. If you turn the TV off during the week and one day you turn it on and say, “Let’s do movie night since we’re all tired,” the kids are not going to become TV junkies. Trust me! And you know what? They will remember that night, and talk about it, long after the movie ends.
- It’s good for you too. Being a working mother is tough. Our time is limited. The time we do have is spent working, cleaning, and doing duties. It’s nice to just simply sit and relax from time to time. One night I let the kids watch a show while I played around on the computer! I wasn’t working, I wasn’t writing, I was PLAYING! And you know what, I felt so refreshed after just half an hour of play time that I got up and made a great dinner.
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