I am entering my second year of staying home with our son, and it has been the best learning process! I have had to create some sort of schedule/routine to keep me accountable and foster his learning/development. I thought I would share our general daily schedule as well as the pros and cons to staying home. I have shared his morning and night time routine (Toddler AM Routine & Toddler PM Routine) as well as my morning routine (Morning Routine ). I would love to know if you have a daily schedule or structure in place and what that looks like!
6:45: Start Our Day
7:00: Breakfast (unload/load dishwasher)
7:15-8:00: Independent Play (coffee, gratitude, devotional)
8:15-9:15: Walk & Park (morning prayer/affirmations)
9:15: Morning Snack
9:20-11:00: Out of House (library, play date, activity, errands, etc)
11:15: Nap Routine
11:30-1:00: Nap (workout/house chores/listen to professional development/write)
1:00: Lunch (prep husbands lunch/snacks for next day)
1:30-3:00: Play, Read, Learning Activities
3:00-5:00: Family Time (husband gets home) & TV Episode
5:45: Clean Up (room and living room)
5:50: IPAD Songs
6:15: Bedtime Routine
I will share my personal night time routine in another post that I generally do from 7-9pm! I will say I absolutely LOVE being home with our son and have really enjoyed this precious time together. Like any other job, there are some pros and cons to staying home full time….
- Primary caretaker
- Foster what you want your child to be exposed to
- Quality time and experiences
- Present for milestones
- Model choices, words, conversations, etc…
- Never “leave” your job
- Can be taxing mentally/emotionally, especially during leaps, spurts, teething, etc.
- No day to day adult interaction/conversation (if you chose to not participate in groups/activities)
Of course, not every family wants a structured day or routine, and that is perfectly okay! I like chunking our day and staying consistent because he knows what to expect. I would love to know if your family does anything particular!