Well, I've decided how I want my year to go and now I'm setting about achieving it. I love the start of every new year. The year's routine is different so I need to rework my schedule. It's a good opportunity to re-assess and make a plan that I think will work. I've also been madly cleaning so that I am organised enough to do all the craft I have planned for the year. If the house is clean I won't need to feel guilty!
Most years I set up schedules for the kids. Master Eight really benefits from visual aids because it is all set out clearly in front of him. It's so much less muddly than trying to sort through words that just come and go as quick as a flash. I used to only make extra schedules for the other children so he wouldn't feel singled out, but I quickly realised that 'regular kids' respond really well to visual aids too!
If things go like past years, we'll start the year with a super-organised bang and then things slowly deteriorate over time as 'Mum' wears down! By the end of the year I'm in the biggest muddle you could imagine.
Today I set about making our new schedules.
I have found it very interesting to read other people's blogs. Some parents seem to have the child participation all sorted out but it is something I always struggle with. When life gets too busy I seem to revert to doing it all myself - with an occasional rant thrown in!