We’ve had a week of the summer holidays and I’m already not keeping to a routine.
When I’m home alone everything more or less works like clockwork.
And I’ve become accustomed to that so I can get on with things.
But when they’re at home, it’s almost impossible to get anything done.
Term Time Is Great
Now that both my kids are in school full time, I’ve become quite set in my ways.
I plan out the week and what needs doing in terms of housework, school runs, time to go out for a run and updating my blog.
It keeps me on task and means I stay on top of things like the ironing.
I hate it when the ironing mountain rears its ugly head.
So I don’t let it.
But even when keeping to a routine because I’m home alone I can be pretty flexible with my time.
Holiday Time Is Great Too, But…
When my wife’s at work and the kids are at school, I sometimes wish they were at home.
And when the holidays happen and everyone’s off at the same time, I miss my own company.
They descend on me and cause havoc.
Well maybe not so much havoc but as I tidy up, they untidy and it becomes a never ending cycle.
I’ve become set in my ways.
It’s my job to do all the stuff at home so I take it seriously; sometimes too seriously.
I remember back to a time when I was still employed and neither my wife or I had the time or compulsion to do housework.
And I don’t want to go back to that.
At least not for the time being.
Perhaps I’m A Little Bit Envious
I remember how it felt to have time off work and school.
It feels good to have time to relax.
It’s not like I don’t get some of that.
But I’m the one who continues to do much of the housework whilst the rest of my family are doing their thing.
I don’t really blame them but it irritates me a little that they don’t help me out much.
Maybe it shouldn’t because it is my job to do all that stuff.
After all, keeping to a routine is what helps me keep on top of things.
I can’t help but feel a little envious though.
Keeping To A Routine Doesn’t Always Work For Me
Let’s face it, housework isn’t all that exciting.
And it’s hard to stay motivated when there’s people around at home not doing housework and chores.
I think the hardest week of any school holiday is the first one.
Everyone just breathes a collective sigh and relaxes.
I don’t blame them and I need to just go with the flow.
After that, things start to pick up and everyone pitches in more.
Keeping to a routine goes out of the window for a while but I manage to reign it in after a few days.
Even if I have to bribe the kids to tidy up after themselves!
Do Routines Work For You?
As a stay at home parent, does keeping to a routine work for you?
What barriers do you come up against?
How do you resolve them?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section.