This blog might seem fairly obvious, because many parents feel the way I do, as this week school resumes for many in the East Coast.
Routine, routine, routine, gotta love it! I certainly do! For me when my daughters go back to school and then resume their extra curricular activities to include involvement in Chess Club, Basketball, Swim Team and Spelling Club, our home because a very oiled machine.
For obvious reasons my daughters routine drives my work life to an extent and certainly drives our family life. Why I think routine is a positive thing is that for me and my daughters it drives us to be better organized and find priority and importance on our daily tasks.
For example, this past weekend we had a meeting, meaning I called my daughters together and said we needed a conference. My oldest daughter termed it a “P to K” meeting, (parent to kid) I love it.
During this P to K meeting we discussed how we can find at least 40 minutes during the work week or in their school week to find reading time. Their school told us that C students read 1 minute per day, B students read 5 minutes per day and A students read 20 minutes per day. Both my daughters are A students and my expectation was that they read 40 minutes per day at a minimum. So together we decided that on their ride to and from school they would read, this should get them to 40 minutes at best and at least I knew they would get in their 20 minutes.
This being efficient with their time idea is how we make our schedule work, and of course it doesn’t hurt that my daughters love to read and we always have at least 40 books in the back of my car (at least 40).
So due to the demands of the “routine” of school, which can be likened to the “routine” of being on endless conference calls or the “routine” of hours of email processing, this demands that we look at making all we do as efficient as possible….at least during with work week!
Saying that, I have to end with….All bets are off on weekends!!!!