I am trying to bring more rhythm and routine to our lives. Firstly because I know that children need routines, but also for myself. Since I have spent most of my life thus far in school, I am used to having a schedule; and I have found that I get more done and feel better about my day when I follow one. On the other hand, I tend to rebel when I try to force myself to do something (without someone else like a teacher to keep me accountable) and do nothing instead (not the best quality, I know), so I knew that whatever I put together had to be flexible – more of a guideline.
Reading about Waldorf philosophy, their idea of daily, weekly, and yearly rhythms resonated with me. So I observed our days, thought about what I would like to add to our days and weeks, and came up with a daily rhythm to follow when we are home.
This is a work-in-progress and very flexible. I have already changed it several times, and if something else comes up in a given day, we just adjust. For example, if she seems tired at 9am, I will put her down for her nap then instead of waiting until 9:30am. We then continue according to our rhythm from when she wakes up from her nap.
Our Daily Rhythm
Wake Up: Daddy-daughter time, breakfast (Tiny One usually wakes up between 5:30-6:30am. The wonderful Mr. S gets up with her and lets me sleep a while longer.)
Early Morning: Free time
9am: “Circle Time” (This is something I am trying out. She is still young for a traditional school circle time, but I try to say “good morning, sun!” with her and read her a poem. The idea is to read the same seasonally inspired poem for a week or two, adding in pictures and toys if possible to help her understand. I am also thinking about adding a yoga pose.)
9:30am: Morning nap (feed baby right before nap). Usually about an hour. (I either read or do quiet things in the bedroom while she naps, since she naps longer when I am around.)
After nap: Get dressed, Morning snack
Morning: Outside time, activity, or adventure (I call anything that requires a long walk or the car an adventure.)
After Lunch: Quick cleanup and reading time (How long reading time lasts depends on her concentration level, and varies each day), followed by free play time.
2:30pm: Snack and afternoon nap. Usually around an hour, but there have been amazing days when she has taken a 3 hour nap.
6:30/7pm: Dinner (when Mr. S gets home)
7pm: Bath (on bath nights)
7:30: Baby bedtime (change diaper and get undressed, massage, put on pjs, nurse, then formula if necessary, sleep)
As Tiny One gets older and can do more, I plan to add more structure and regular activities such as art, music, and yoga to our rhythm. I am working on a weekly rhythm, but since I have been working from home sporadically and we have been going out to activities more, it has been put on the back-burner.
Do any of you find that you have a rhythm? Did you purposefully create it or did it just happen?