What happens when a desert rat moves out of the desert? Life, the universe, and everything! The way I see it and take it all in, anyway.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
School starts in 3 weeks and we have been spending some time trying to get back onto the “school schedule.” Gone are the nights without a bedtime, the days we can just do whatever around the house, sleeping in on weekdays and enjoying a schedule-free week. During the school year, we have to LIVE by a schedule Monday through Friday because it is the best way for me to make sure my kids get enough sleep, that they get to school on time (that doesn’t always work, though, because things happen), and everybody is on the same page with what needs to be done when. Having a routine is so important; it’s good for the kids because they feel more secure in knowing what to expect and it keeps things running smoothly. So I create a schedule to let everybody know just what kind of routine we need to follow.
That said, I had to put together a new “school year schedule” this time, mainly because my daughter is going to a new school with new hours. I actually created two schedules: My own personal schedule as well as a schedule for the kids. In their schedule, they see when they have to wake up, have breakfast, leave for school, when I leave to pick them up, when they’ll have dinner, what time they shower, and when their bedtime is.
One thing that stood out on both schedules were two words in bold letters: “If Wednesday.”
Apparently, my Wednesdays are about to get a little crazy.
During the last school year, Jesse got out of school early on Wednesdays. That is continuing with this new school year. But now Wednesdays will be different for Jennifer, too. Last year, there were days she got out of school early on Fridays. The school start time was the same; she just got out early (and usually at 12:10). Now, with her new school, she’ll be getting out of school early on Wednesdays.
But she’ll also be starting school at a different time on Wednesdays, as well.
Did I mention my Wednesdays were gonna get crazy?? Looks like I’ll be jumping in and out of the car a little more often for this school year.
I am just glad I was able to figure out a schedule to make sure both kids are at their respective schools when they need to be, and when I need to leave to pick them up from school on certain days. It actually took me several drafts of the schedule before I was finally able to get it right and get everything in there that had to be in there, but I got it done. And I got the kids’ schedule done, too – which I plan to put up in their rooms as well as on the fridge so they can see it. Of course, any changes to the schedule – like snow days or early release days, or even no school days – will be put on the family calendar that I hang up in the kitchen, but as for every other normal day with the normal hours FOR THAT DAY, we’ll have a new routine and new schedule to follow.
Now if only I can get everybody used to the new bedtimes and wake-up times – including myself! That’s still a work in progress and we’ve had a couple of off days, but we’re getting there.
Writing by the name of Dawn Colclasure (my maiden name). Author of books for children as well as poetry books, writing books and books on the paranormal. I occasionally collaborate on books with Martha Jette or Jennifer Wilson.
Former editor and publisher of Burning the Midnight Oil Book Zine. Book reviewer for Night Owl Reviews.