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Managers Of Their Homes


Well, I finally took the plunge.

On the recommendation of Jaynee [2], and because I desperately need, you know, some semblance of order in my home at least every other day, I ordered Managers Of Their Homes [3].

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it is basically a scheduling tool for large homeschooling families.

I have seen plenty of positive remarks made about it, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Things can't be any more crazy around here, so I figured - What would it hurt?

The book came in the mail last week and I read through it the first day. It took me a good 5 or 6 days to work out a schedule for myself and each child and to arrange the little paper squares on the chart so that 2 people are not practicing piano at the same time. Or Mom isn't scheduled to teach reading while unloading the dishwasher.

Because that would be difficult. Trust me. I know.

By 7:58a.m. on the first morning, our schedule had already run into the ditch, but I persevered and tried to stay on track the rest of the day.

I was amazed at how much time I was able to spend with each child individually without any interruptions. This was due to the careful scheduling of the ones who weren't having "Mom Time". They were taking turns doing puzzles, or building train tracks, or reading aloud with little ones. I LOVE this part of the schedule!

I also love that, since I scheduled myself a Bible reading time first thing every morning, I am actually getting it done. No more running out of time and pushing it to the back burner.

The one difficulty I had was not scheduling enough time to get chores done. I honestly don't know where I am going to squeeze another moment out of each day, but I do know that I would like to see the laundry folded and actually placed in drawers. Wouldn't that be neat? Yes, I think so, too.

Today was the second day and we had a LOT of interruptions. In fact, you could say we didn't stay on our schedule AT ALL (except for my Bible reading). We had to take our little chickie to his new home in the country, take some things to Salvation Army, and clean out under beds. (Don't ask.)

I'm anxious to get back on schedule tomorrow, and anxious for Jaynee to find time to get to my email that went something like, "HELLLLLLP! I can't get all the chores done! What do I do?" (Take your time, Jaynee. No pressure.)

What about you? Have any of you tried Managers Of Their Homes and made it work for you? I would love to hear any helpful or encouraging tips!