I love it when it works out for you to hear directly from a sister-in-law. Here are Anna Marie’s thoughts on how she’s managed with three littles and morning sickness.
I love children! I have since I can remember. Years before Christopher and I began our relationship, I read Managers of Their Homes and thought that if the Lord ever blessed me with a family, I would want to implement the ideas shared in that book. Now, with three little ones and another on the way, I can tell you it has already helped us in numerous ways.
While I’ve enjoyed having a schedule to help me be sure to fit in the things which are most important to me, I appreciate it all the more when I’m dealing with morning sickness (though I don’t get as sick as many mommies I know!) and “pregnancy fog.” My activities are already laid out, and I know what to do next.
I want to share with you a few of my favorite elements of our schedule in hopes that it will be an encouragement to you if you already are scheduling, or maybe inspire you to start if you haven’t yet!
When Ruthanne was a baby, I would have her sitting on my lap while Joshua and I did our phonics flash cards. A side benefit that I didn’t really plan on is that at twenty months old she already knows most of the letter names and sounds!
Joshua loves to work puzzles, but I didn’t often find convenient times for him to do it until I gave him a fifteen minute time block to build puzzles while I get the girls down for their morning naps. He loves that time, and it also keeps him happily occupied with a constructive activity while I am busy elsewhere.
Reading stories has been one of my favorite things to do with little ones through the years. I put a story time on the schedule for right after naps, and it has been delightful to once again read old favorites—only now to my own little ones!
If you’ve thought about scheduling but are just hesitant to jump in, let me just say that one nice thing about a schedule is that you can tailor it to suit your own individual needs and family. Personally, I’m not naturally a super task-oriented person, and having a schedule has helped me keep some order and routine going when otherwise it would tend to fall apart.
Also, if you have any moms on your Christmas gift list who do not have Managers of Their Homes, I heartily recommend it as a wonderful gift that will keep on giving so long as they utilize its contents!
“I will praise thee for ever, because thou
hast done it: and I will wait on thy name;
for it is good before thy saints.”