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I never plan my day. I may have one thing here and there that we go to at a specific time, but I rarely actually look at the clock. I’m by nature, a creative soul who prefers to float through the day like a butterfly. Working mostly off of inspiration, and sometimes I get an inkling, a creative spurt where I am extremely driven and focused to produce an image that I’ve seen in my mind, or write a piece that just comes to me out of now where, and I HAVE to get it out.
Here’s the Creative Mom Routine:
- MORNING: Wake up, hang out and eat. Sometimes we chat, sometimes they play, and I drink some coffee and just wake up. I try to put them onto some sort of activity like playing cars, while I decide what we should all eat. Then we eat breakfast.
- GET READY: We get ready to go somewhere or do something. I like to shower and clean myself up in the morning. That way I feel ready to take on the day, whatever is coming! I also like to answer a few emails and write down what I want to accomplish/maybe try to get a few things done before we head out. While I do this, I work on keeping the kids doing various activities. Usually I put one show on while I’m in the shower for about 10 minutes, then I referee fights and games while getting ready.
- ACTIVITY: We like to go to the YMCA for playing during the winter. Its a great spot for the boys to get their energy out and socialize. The baby usually does really well for about 45 minutes. If its sunny outside, we head to a park. I like to be out of the house doing something.
- SNACK: I also feed them a snack at the Y, or in the car after playing because I like to keep going places since we are out and about. The car is always messy because I feed them in there, but it enables me to keep going with anything that comes up.
- ERRANDS: Since we are already out, I also plan my errands or “me stuff,” like if I want to go to Target, grab Starbucks, mail something…you know whatever I feel like doing after the kids get all their wiggles out. Usually they are better behaved after playing for a couple hours, so I can accomplish something.
- AFTERNOON: Depending on when we get home, I like to do some quieter activity like reading books, teaching my toddler to read or a scholastic activity and lunch. By this time they are really wanting to watch TV. Like begging for it, so I let them have some TV time.
- LATE NAPS: I like doing later naps because its not so hard to get them to go to sleep. We always have a story, right now we are reading the Magic Treehouse, and then they fall asleep for about an hour and a half.
- EVENING: My least favorite time of the day. If it’s summer, we go back outside. I take them to play at a park, on a walk or so on. If it’s winter, we do some kind of learning activity. That doesn’t always go over very well, and some nights its just me struggling to clean, get laundry done and manage their energy.
- DINNER AND BATH: I get some kind of dinner out that they’ll eat. We sit down for all of 5 minutes. But we get something down, then I like to get them in the bath before we do bedtime. Sometimes I actually do baths in the morning, while I am trying to get dressed and ready, so this changes. A bath keeps them in one place and playing nicely for a bit. Sometimes I’ll put them in separate baths because they fight.
- BED: For whatever reason, as soon as I say its time for bed, they play like angels. I capitalize on this and do some work and catching up. (Whatever I didn’t get done at nap time). They play for sometimes an hour or so, then I get them in bed, read a story, and they usually fall asleep because I wait til 9pm or so. I’m not a fan of fighting with them to go to sleep, so I just wait longer to do it.