So often homeschool moms find themselves entangled in the great debate, the Super Bowl of homeschooling, the 2000 elections of home education.
Their daily routine/schedule/plan/un-schedule.
Whatever you want to call it. It is there, and it is in your face.
I used to think there were just two camps to this whole debate: Type A moms vs. the world. Apparently there are way more. WAY WAY MORE.
Here is a simple breakdown of homeschool families by daily routine/schedule/plan/un-schedule:
1. Schedulers. These are the moms who plan their entire day in 15 minute increments and stick to it. They are the moms who make sure co-op ends on time and Little Timmy is eating his snack at exactly 2:04 PM. They are the moms you want running meetings, because you know you are leaving on time. These are the “Type A+” moms.
2. Routine lovers. If Sally has to be at gymnastics at 10:00 AM, she will be there. However, there is no schedule outside of important events. These moms rally around the idea of routine: wake up about the same time, do school about the same time, and eat dinner at about the same time. They never seem to be stressed. They are what I call “Type A-.”
3. Non-planners. These are the moms who completely go with the flow. Skip science for two weeks? Sure! Do extra math, because Little Jane thinks multiplication is fun? Definitely! The non-planners don’t have heart attacks when dinner winds up on the table an hour late or things get completely thrown off track. They embrace it.
4. Schedulers who don’t follow the schedule. Oh, these are the moms who have good intentions. Really. They spend hours making schedules and hanging them on every visible surface so the whole family can see them. Except no one else follows the schedule, and 99% of the time mom doesn’t either. She needs to use pencil in her agenda book, because there will be at least 20 changes to that day’s schedule. She doesn’t give up though. Every month she sits there planning with high hopes of schedule success.
So…which type of mom are you?
Stephanie and her family live in Roswell, Georgia. Originally from the Northeast, Stephanie ditched snow for sun five years ago and hasn’t looked back. Stephanie loves the kitchen, summer dresses, and a good book. She is also active in Junior League of Atlanta and at her local Catholic Church. Armed with an English degree and a MBA, Stephanie is preparing to homeschool her young son, Samuel. She blogs at The Brunette Foodie.