Care to see what a routine with plenty of margin looks like? Here's mine:
6:20 am - 7:00: My writing time
7:00 am - 8:20: Get myself dressed & ready for the day, Read my Bible and have breakfast (Kids are either sleeping, reading, or playing in their rooms at this time)
8:20 am - 9:30: Breakfast with the kids (includes cleanup and morning reading time)
9:30 am - 10:30: Trishna & Jonathan watch a video; Elijah plays outside & I work on the computer or in the house
10:30 am - 10:45: Snack for the kids; I read a Bible story while they eat
10:45 am - 11:45: Now it's Elijah's turn to watch a video; T & J play outside - I read for a while, then head outside myself
11:45 am - 12:45: Lunch (including prep/eating/reading to kids/cleanup)
12:45 pm - 2:45: Learning Sections (Kids rotate having one-on-one time with me & working on their own projects--this is the part of our day that most looks like "school" - we do it year-round.)
2:45 pm - 3: Quick snack before rest time
3 pm - 5: Rest Time (This includes transition to & from rest time & plenty of interruptions, rest time itself is about 1.5 hours.) I spend 45 minutes of free time myself & have 45 minutes of writing/work time.
5 pm - 6:45: Dinner (Includes dinner prep, play with kids time, dinner itself, & cleanup) Often the kids will watch another short show at some point during this time as well as playing outside together. Steve typically arrives home somewhere in here.
6:45 pm - 7:45: Help kids get ready for bed (Showers, pajamas, etc.) They might play or listen to Sparkle Stories when it isn't their turn.
7:45 pm - 8:15: Tuck everyone in & I rotate spending individual time with one child each night
8:15 pm - 10:30: Free/Time with Steve (I try not to work at night so this time doesn't just vanish away & because I'm usually pretty tired by this point.)
by 10:30 pm: To bed - Night, ya'll!!
"Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time,
you will not do anything with it."
- M. Scott Peck