You see, when Mama can handle everything, all is well. But, let Mama get sick or have a baby that causes her to be off her feet with other little ones still needing direction, the home is turned upside down. Attitudes are off, the family is on edge, and we as the parents are trying to remember how it is that children are a blessing. Frankly, however, the lack of sleep, the discipline problems, and the revved up chaos moves front and center, and major frustration sets in for parents and children.
Yes, that was the scene in our home last year. After several months, I determined that there had to be a better way. I knew in my heart that children are a blessing. God's Word is true. We just had to figure out how to be good stewards of these blessings. I found two great resources from www.Titus2.com called "Managers of Their Homes" and "Managers of Their Chores." The Maxwell family ministers to families and offers many great resources on their website.
With these resources in hand, I quickly read and started implementing a plan for our family. Now, I've always had some sort of plan or "schedule" for the day, but the Maxwell's laid out some great ideas that I had not thought of before. Our new schedule was a life saver for us. Now, with my due date approaching for child #5, I am trying to get things in place now for a much smoother transition. I have already posted a new schedule (on our fridge) that includes the baby in it just so we can be going through the motions of our day with me having to tend to a newborn.
Let me say that I don't expect the newborn to follow this schedule...although if it did that would be great! However, the idea is that I have blocked off time in my day so that everyone recognizes that I won't be available for everyone all the time, and the household can continue on with or without me.
There's more I'd like to say about our schedule. However, I don't want this post to be too long. Maybe I'll follow up next week with some more thoughts. For now, here is our Monday-Friday family schedule: