You know what the worst thing is about having my kids home for holiday break?
Wait. I love having my kids home. I love that we aren’t dealing with the morning arguments about getting ready. I love that we can stay up late watching movies because they don’t have to get up early the next day. I love the bike rides and the shopping trips and the extra snuggles and time together.
But I hate what it does to my schedule.
Specifically? I no longer have one.
While my mornings are free of the rush and tears and constant urging to GET YOUR SOCKS ON!, there’s also no clear start time to my day now. While it’s nice not to be racing against the end of school, homework time, bath time and bed time, I find myself almost forgetting to make dinner at a reasonable hour, i.e. before we are all ready to gnaw one another’s arms off. And while it’s fantastic for the kids that bed times aren’t mandatory during the holiday break, it gets a little tricky for Mom to meet all of her deadlines on less than sufficient sleep.
I crave predictability. I need my schedule and rules and a clear expectation of what comes next, just like a baby. Without it, I struggle to be productive. Thank goodness I’ll be on vacation too beginning tomorrow!
Do you need a routine? How do you cope when your schedule is disrupted?