Here’s a Gentle Nudge

We keep encouraging you about the benefits that come from using a schedule. Here’s a testimony to motivate you in that direction:

Hi! I jumped in with Managers of Their Homes and a schedule in the spring. I have children ages 12, 8, 4, and 2. I focused on the portion of our day that is filled with school, and I was amazed at how much smoother our day went.

My son (12) struggles a lot with anxiety and anger outbursts that we are working through, and prior to the schedule, dealing with those issues took up a large part of each day. Once we implemented our schedule, he experienced such relief to know what to expect each day. Before he had been experiencing anxiety when he looked at his assignments and was worried he wouldn’t have time to get things done. When we started scheduling, not only did it relieve some of that stress but I was even able to schedule a chore time and a time for him to play with his littlest sister. This took an hour of school time, but he still got more done!

On top of that, it felt like we had a miracle in our house when we started school after a week of spring break. Monday morning came and for the first time EVER the kids jumped right back into the school schedule without any complaints! Jenn

Trusting in Jesus,

Managers of Their Homes
Managers of Their Homes

“And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,
that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also
shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Psalm 1:3

16 thoughts on “Here’s a Gentle Nudge”

  1. Teri,

    Did you always plan the schedule? If so, with regards to just the academics, did you ever teach your children to use a student planner? And what age?

    Thank you!

    1. I gave the children control over their schedules as they got older for things like the order they did their classes in. We didn’t use a student planner. They just filled in their parts of the schedule on the master schedule that included me and the children. Then we would print copies for each person to have when we were learning a new schedule. Before long, we had the schedule memorized so didn’t need the printed copies.

  2. We have been using a schedule forever and we are still reaping the benefits!! I was just planning the first draft of our fall school schedule (to start on August 10th), so that I could show it to my husband on date night this Friday night! We started using a schedule when you first published your book (would that have been 2000? or 2002?) and have never looked back. It brings SO much peace, productivity, rhythm, organization – did I mention peace? Bless you for teaching this technique and continuing to teach it! I know the Lord has used it to bless so many!

    1. Wow, Steph. I am so delighted to hear the benefits you have gained from your schedule, and that you have been committed to scheduling through all these years! Yes, Managers of Their Homes came out in 2000.

  3. Thank you for your testimony and reminder to even those of us who are used to running our days with a schedule. I find that sometimes I let us “fall off” and it is always a relief to jump back on board. This is one of those times, and your testimony serves as encouragement to me to go ahead and get back on schedule without delaying any longer. Thank you for sharing your experience.


  4. I wholeheartedly agree with the schedule helping kiddos who struggle with anxiety issues. It was a comfort for mine to know what to expect. I also ended my schooling day feeling that I accomplished all (or most) of the goals for that day. The schedule helped me to be a better steward of my time. Thank you, Teri, for the incredible blessing Titus 2 has been in my family’s life. My children are grown, with families of their own, but I still follow your family’s blog and pray for you all often.

    1. Thank you, Sheryl, for sharing your scheduling experience with us and pointing out more of those benefits a schedule gives – accomplishing goals, children know what to expect, good stewardship with time! Thank you for praying for us!

  5. Our family has been blessed by using a schedule for our 12 years of homeschooling. The pressure of what comes next is lifted when it is on paper and everyone is more relaxed and knows what to do. This school year we will have a senior on down to a newborn and I know with our schedule things will run smoothly! Praise the Lord for giving us the ability to be orderly and to rest in HIM!!

  6. Teri, I have a question. As of June we are officially finished with homeschooling as our youngest graduated high school. For the last two years, I have not needed to use a schedule as he was very capable of scheduling himself. Therefore I too no longer used a schedule.

    However, I am finding that I am now drifting aimlessly some days! I’m still getting things done, but not as much as I would like to. What are your thoughts on using MOTH just for me?? I no longer have the book and would have to repurchase it. Do you think it would be worth purchasing it for just me? I miss using/having a schedule!


    1. Congratulations, Trish. I think a schedule would help you, but since you are already familiar with scheduling, you wouldn’t need the book again. Just put it all in a spreadsheet on your computer and print it.

      My schedule is much different now than when I was homeschooling. There is more variation day to day. There are different interruptions than I had with homeschooling. Then it was usually child related – a school problem, something spilled, a diaper to be changed, someone in the bathroom needing help, attitudes. Now they are major, several hour interruptions – babysitting, trip to Kansas City, doctor appointments.

      I am guessing that you wouldn’t be able to have one schedule that fit every day now, but rather multiple ones that fit the needs of each day. Just like a homeschooling schedule when the days vary, much would be the same each day like the early morning and evenings and meals, but some pieces would vary.

      1. Yes, I think you’re right. It would be more like a routine…something that could be adapted as needs arose. I am in the process of certification to become a Biblical Counselor and have already seen the need to be flexible when “urgent” calls or emails come through.

        It’s interesting…I thought that as an almost empty nester my life would be less busy but it’s actually the opposite! I’m finding I need to guard my time in a different way. I don’t want to become so busy that I neglect my husband and home! I can see that would be an easy trap to fall into!!

  7. Perfect timing! I’ve been thinking of getting one of the “Managers of…” books! Do you recommend this one first? I can only afford one of them at the moment, and I just have children 3-and-under at home right now. Which do you think would be best? I was thinking either this one or “Managers of their Chores,” but we will be starting my son with homeschool preschool this fall, so I’m sure the school one would be useful too… Thanks for any advice you can share!

    1. I suggest Managers of Their Homes. The schedule affects all areas of life and chores is just one of them. With little children, they won’t have many chores anyway. Learning to run a schedule now when your children are young will make it much easier when you transition into more homeschooling.

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