...plus a rotating cadre of about twenty screaming kids. Our water slide party was open from nine to five (with a lunch break in the middle that actually turned into teen time), and for that entire time a kid came down the slide about every five seconds. It was pretty awesome.
Today, we looked like this:
|Hawthorn kids, 2012: Logan, 9th grade; Levi, 5th grade; Haley, 3rd grade|
Here are a few of the course corrections we're making in our family routine:
- Scripture Study. This was basically non-existent this summer. And last year, Roscoe had early-morning seminary so he missed family scripture study each morning. (In fact, he was gone before anyone else woke up in the mornings and was often home in the evenings after the little kids had gone to bed. Not healthy family dynamics.) This year, Roscoe is banned from early-morning seminary, so we're re-committed to whole-family scripture study promptly at 6:45. I'm a firm believer in the blessings of fortifying kids with a bit o family gospel before sending them out into the big, wide world.
- Zones. I'm still loving our zones chore system. But Roscoe often isn't home to do his, and I've never taken the time to teach/enforce a zone for Jesse. So I've made Jesse and Roscoe zone partners. When Roscoe is home, he can teach and encourage Jesse. When Roscoe is gone, Jesse's got him covered.
- Dinnertime. With teenagers, our all-together family time is a rare commodity. So we're trying to improve the quality of our dinnertimes. The new rule: Everyone stays at the table until everyone is finished. (Everyone except Haley, who eats at the pace of a snail.) Then we all clear and tidy together. This way, our together time is extended, and our many hands make light work of clean-up, leaving Mark and I more time for other, funner things. I'm also hoping this will help teach certain children to eat more slowly and enjoy their meals.
- My routine. Year by year I systematize my routines more and more. It seems to help me accomplish more stuff more easily. I already have a deep-clean task for each day of the week and a weekly schedule for errands and trips to the gym. This year, I created an order of operations for my morning to keep me moving when I tend to be groggy and aimless.
Any fabulous new routines cooking at your house?