For those suddenly stuck at home with your kids, here’s a basic outline of our days when we’re at home.
8 up, dressed, and eat breakfast together (me and kids since Dad is usually at work)
9 Bible time (as much for me as for them). Either I go through my Bible study and read the Bible part out loud, or I just read two chapters from a book of the Bible I’m working through with our kids.
10 maybe clean or do little things around the house while listening to a podcast I like at 10:30 (Bold Steps with Mark Jobe) OR we go for a walk!
11 baby 1 year old takes nap. If I need a nap or a shower or to use my elliptical, the two year old watches something on TV. Otherwise, I try to do something age appropriate with her that we can’t do when the 1 year old is awake. (Water colors, play dough, very small toys, scissors, ABCs, or I work on a house project and she helps.)
12 get something easy out to eat for lunch (often leftovers or sandwiches, eggs and toast, whatever fruit or veggies easily accessible)
1pm GO OUTSIDE! Swing, sandbox, playhouse, or just wander in the yard. Or if it’s not nice, we’ll read books.
2pm NAPS! We all take naps (myself included) Often I’ll read a book to myself until I hear the kids quiet down and fall asleep. Then I pass out on the couch for a bit.
4pm or whenever we get up from naps… Get dinner ready. (Or if it’s leftovers, we might go back outside for a bit.)
5pm Eat dinner (often before Daddy gets home)
6 play, fun stuff, go back outside, hi to Daddy
7 baths and put on jammies
8 milk and bedtime snack
Bible storytime with Daddy
Cuddles, song, prayer
8:30 Goodnight 😁
Some Other Notes
Mealtimes take about an hour to prepare, eat, and clean up. Even if we’re only eating like 10 minutes. I pile most dishes in and around the sink until right before Daddy comes home. Then I clean them all up and/or load the dishwasher. Personally, I prioritize mealtime. It’s when I talk to my kids and do a lot of teaching/training. “What do you all think is going to happen with this Coronavirus? No feet on the table!” If mealtimes aren’t your thing, prioritize what’s important to you. We developed this routine after being sick about 3 months last fall. Take a few ideas from it and run with it.
My children are both young, so it really does take about an hour to do anything. Between diaper changes, going potty, dealing with meltdowns etc, nothing is quick. Also, sometimes when I read, I do not always make them sit still. They’ll play often while I read. We talk about the Bible after I read it.
I’m not a huge fan of screen time and this schedule probably reflects that. We can’t do everything. We’ve chosen to prioritize what’s important to us: fellowship at mealtimes, Bible time, reading, getting outdoors, etc. Whatever you do with your time, prioritize what’s important to you.