It's been 6 months since I created our last daily schedule, and we've been ready for a few modifications to better fit Tennyson and I now that he's a year old. We'll continue to use this one until Tennyson completely drops down to just one nap a day or Annelise arrives. :)
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- I keep our daily schedule and my cleaning routine in sheet protectors taped to the side of our pantry cabinet in the kitchen. It's smack dab in the middle of our home, and very easy for me to see throughout the day. I use a dry erase marker to cross off tasks we've completed. It's a great visual for the day's accomplishments (as well as a reminder for what still needs attention).
- It's essential for me to wake and complete my morning routine before Tennyson wakes. It's not always easy considering I'm usually pretty tired and he's an early bird. Days in which I can accomplish a little self care before caring for anyone or anything else usually go much better. It also allows me to be ready to go out if need be without taking extra time to get ready.
- Although Tennyson isn't capable of carrying his laundry downstairs yet, I still want to establish the expectation for that task. I tried collecting dirty laundry in a variety of ways, but none made things any easier for me. (It's been piled up on the floor where it was taken off (my least favorite manner of handling dirty laundry), collected in laundry baskets in each bedroom, and collected in a single basket in the hallway between the rooms). Then, it occurred to me that we walk from bedrooms to the downstairs where the laundry room is each morning to start the day. There's no sense to not bring down one's dirty laundry each morning and place it in the laundry basket in the laundry room. Duh! Presently, I carry Tennyson's laundry downstairs but am hoping that the consistency of doing so every day will establish the impression that this is simply what is done each morning.
- I've learned that if I don't wash, dry, and put away at least one load of laundry a day it will take over. I can sometimes get two loads done in a day, but for the most part one load keeps it manageable.
- I've also learned the value of cleaning up the kitchen after every meal. It's tempting to just leave the mess until later, especially when a nap or fussy little one is calling. However, waiting until later means an even bigger mess by the end of the day which requires staying up late to clean up. I personally hate staying up late to clean the kitchen. I'd rather be working on a project or sleeping! Clean it up now, and save yourself later.
- Playtime with Mama- Although I'm with Tennyson at all times during our day, it's important to me that he has a time in which my attention is directed entirely on him. We'll play with his toys together, cuddle and read books (or I'll read while he crawls around), sing songs with accompanying motions etc. Soon, we'll begin adding exploration (aka sensory) bins and other hands-on Montessori style play.
- Toy time- My intention for "toy time" is to offer him a toy that he hasn't seen in a while to play with in the Pack n' Play while I need to be focused elsewhere. This is building towards more independent play, and will be of great help later when I need to take care of the new baby without concern of a rambunctious toddler running around.
- Videos- I allow him to watch one educational program a day. Some days I need that extra 30 minutes a video provides (usually for preparing a meal). I'm very selective regarding what programs he watches but have found the Baby Einstein - My First Signs, Baby Einstein - Baby Wordsworth - First Words - Around the House, and Baby Einstein - Meet the Orchestra - First Instruments programs to be excellent quality. (*Note: These are affiliate links. I receive a small compensation from Amazon.com for any purchases made through these links. Thank you!)
- "Table activity" refers to any activity that can be done at the table. I prefer to him to learn to remain at the table instead of expecting to get up as soon as he finishes eating. He frequently plays with some DIY shakers/rattles and the Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze Later, I may pull out an activity from his activity bins (the Montessori style activities mentioned above). (*Note: This is also an affiliate link. I receive a small compensation from Amazon.com for any purchases made through this link as well. Thank you!)