work while you work,
play while you play;
this is the way
to be happy each day.
all that you do,
do with your might;
things done by halves
are never done right.
this is a little poem gracie had to memorize awhile back in her grammar book and it has really stuck with me.
our days are filled with these things: work and play. but i also have to add in eating, because it takes up such a large portion of our day, too. and these things are beginning to really frustrate me, mostly because in our house we don’t separate them like the poem suggests. they are so mixed and jumbled that we can’t make it through the day without playing while we should be doing our chores, playing while we should be eating, and eating while we should be playing or working. and i know this is mostly my fault, but i have no idea how to stop it!
here’s an idea of how my morning starts:
kids playing/watching a movie until i stumble out of bed.
make breakfast because they are all so hungry.
as soon as the food is on the table they want to get down and play again.
then its time to do chores, but they’re hungry since they didn’t eat all their food.
and they want to play instead of doing chores, of course.
then its time to play, but they haven’t finished their chores yet, but then they’re hungry again….
its a vicious cycle, i tell you.
so what do you guys do?
do you have a routine?
i’m really big on my kids doing chores, even from a young age.
and i really want them to sit through an entire meal without getting up.
and i try to limit snacking between meals so that they’ll actually eat at meal times, but sometimes its so much easier (and lazier) to just give them (healthy) snacks when they ask.
and i really need to lead by example on this, too!
i work all throughout the day, when i really should be cleaning or playing.
then i play or clean when i should be working.
do any of you work from home with kids?
how do you block your time, or do you let it all mix together like me?
ps – the pics have nothing to do with this post – i just think my kids are cute!