It is called, "Trying to Keep Sane."
I usually don't like to make a lot of changes in habits at the same time. It gets overwhelming. But as a family, we've picked up some bad ones and haven't really gotten into any type of acceptable "groove" since being "reunited" last summer.
So what have we changed?
Well, we moved the kids rooms around. It's not a perfect solution, but it gives them a little more breathing room (and the ability to actually CLEAN their room, which was almost impossible before.)
And we've implemented a new snack-time procedure in our house, as our previously this was a source of yelling and fighting. We now have a "mommy picks it out and you eat it or go hungry" policy. They don't mind this, since if I forget to set something out, they get to have whatever they want per our new rules. They are banking on me forgetting... but I'm thinking broccoli sounds good this afternoon... MUHAHAHAHA!
Homework is another change we've made. Grades have been slipping a little around here, and our scattered homework time is largely to blame. So, instead of after dinner, homework will now be done immediately after coming home.
Less you think all the changes are about my kids, the last change is one for me.
I'm still anti-schedule for myself. I know I would fail at it, and given annabelle's billion appointments, keeping a set schedule is virtually impossible. Instead, I am setting a goal to get ONE THING DONE per day. Previously, I'd make myself a list of like 10 things I wanted to get done, and I'd do none of them because I'd get frustrated when time slipped away. So far, my new method is working decently.
Monday I cleaned my room which I hadn't done in ages. (It was bad. Trust me.)
Tuesday, I cleaned Lacy and Gabby's new room. It had yet to be cleaned/organized since we moved them, so the floor was completely covered with their junk. They were pretty amazed when they came home, which made Momma smile.
Today, Annabelle's room is my goal. Wish me luck!
So, those are our major changes. I have more changes in my head, but I figure that's enough habits to work on for now! WISH US LUCK!!!!
And a little video for your viewing pleasure... someday I'll take one that is better than the blurry video on my phone!! This is Annabelle playing with her toy at OT.