What is a good schedule for a mother with 2 kids starting with the morning time. I feel so tired and clueless on what I have to do when I wake up and throughout the day. What can I do to keep my kids busy and entertained? What is a good schedule to keep busy? My son is 9 years old and my daughter is 7 weeks old.
Michelle from EL Paso, TX
If you have a 7 week old then you are most likely feeling drained because you aren't getting much sleep! The number one, top thing you should MAKE SURE you do each & every day is TAKE A NAP WHEN THE BABY DOES! If your 9 year old won't lay down with you to take a nap, then put a video on for him to watch & instruct him to wake you when it's over & NOT BEFORE! But tell him he'll get to do or eat something special if he lets you nap while the Video is on, this way he won't be bugging you constantly because he's bored & if TV isn't something he gets to watch all the time & it's only for special occasions, then he'll really look forward to his ONE video or one TV show a day while you nap.
---> Mark my word, if you get to take an hour or an hour & a half nap when the baby naps during the day, you will have SO much more energy for your family! And a 9 year old should be old enough to either keep himself entertained OR he can lay down WITH YOU to nap also!
If you get enough sleep, then everything else will fall into place! This is important, do NOT feel guilty about getting an extra hour or two of sleep when you have a small baby. You need it!
* Ask your doctor, they'll say. "Sleep when the baby sleeps"!
I think you have been given some great advice about letting kids just be kids during the summer but I think scheduling is important with a new baby. Here are some suggestions from a mom of 2 who also raised two brothers. Try to put your baby on a regular nap schedule this is hard I know my daughter was really hard to do this with but I finally succeeded. (She has high functioning autism, and is hyper-kinesthetic, so she never wants to sleep.) Ideally she would sleep right now for at least 2 hours. During those two hours as suggested you nap for one hour (set a timer) than try to catch up on a few around the house chores that you cannot do while she is awake. Baby wakes up you feed her and then put her on the floor for some "tummy time" good for her and for you. While she spends 15 to 20 minutes doing this you stay in the room with her, and you and your son do a quiet activity together.
Remember that as old as he is, he is very used to being the center of your attention. This has to be quite an adjustment! Then pick her up, put her in a front pack and move on with your day.
Here is a sample of my schedule. Keep in mind that I live on a large ranch so we have earlier hours than other people probably do, so just adjust to when you get up and go to bed.
7:00 eat breakfast, do dishes
8:00 outside chores (that are not little children friendly, ie feeding horses)
8:30 kids wake up feed them breakfast
allow older child to watch PBS Sesame Street etc.
play with baby.
9:30/10:00 go outside to play, with baby in front pack do outside chores that can be done with little ones.
11:30 make lunch
12:00 eat lunch.
1:00 go for walk with kids in stroller
2:00 everybody has two hour nap while mom sleeps for one than does housework
4:00 feed baby, give two year old snack
5:00 start dinner
6:00 eat dinner
7:00 two year old goes out to play with dad while mom does dinner dishes and baby does tummy time in the living room, or play in bouncer chair.
when dishes are done we go outside too.
8:00 baby goes to bed, two year old has craft/paint time with mom.
9:00 Two year old goes to bed, read bedtime story til 9:15.
9:30 Mom catches up on any last minute stuff, pays bills etc.
9 to 11 Mommy alone time mommy does whatever she wants to do or needs to without little ones underfoot.
I plan all my meals for the month at once and write them down so I can be organized, I pay all my bills at the first of the month , on a scheduled day at a scheduled time. I also have a list of housekeeping duties that are broken up into days of the week so that a little bit of housework gets done everyday, the whole house gets cleaned once a week, and one room gets deep cleaned a month. This is not extraordinary and I am not necessarily well organized but I force myself to schedule, this is the key to your survival. Your nine year old is old enough that if you haven't already, you assign him a few things to do to help like washing the lunch dishes. I would recommend getting some organization books, from the library and finding a system that works for you.
Just remember, babies grow up fast and so do nine year olds so the more quality summer time you spend together now the more wonderful memories you will have later to look back on. Good luck!
School will be starting soon for the 9 yr old. For now, make up a calendar and ask your son what he would like to do. If you are tired in the mornings, you are not getting a good nights sleep. Get your husband more involved in getting the children ready for bed so you can go to bed earlier and get more rest and sleep. Plan activities and prepare ahead of time so you are not rushed in the mornings. Put out breakfast dishes the night before so you have more morning time to relax before activities start. Lay out clothing for the next day. Plan to do laundry on certain days of the week. This helps a lot also. Laundry can be done while the 9 yr. old is out playing and the baby is asleep. You may have a neighbor who would be willing to share play days with their children and yours. That way, each of you can have a day to rest or catch up on chores.
I agree summer is no schedules and lots of things to do like going to the pool or the park or the library and earning points to get stuff. Also like somebody said take a nap when the baby does let the 9 year old play with a friend or play a game on the computer or video game or tv you sleep on the sofa and he plays near you and you chill out.
What are fun cheap activities to do to keep kids busy throughout the day during summer time and when school starts? Also what is a good choir schedule for a 9 year old boy?
Remember, do school stuff too!
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