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Marla Taviano

You're just so darn inspiring!!

Amanda Mayer

S is for Salivate.
As in I'm salivating at your organized schedule! I'm working on a schedule that works for us (me)! I've always functioned best on a schedule.
I'm half on half off right now. I'm hoping it's only for a season. Babies do that to me. I'm not a hop right back into life kind of Mama. It takes me more time to get back in the saddle than others, it seems. But I agree with Marla, very inspiring!
(PS I tweaked your copy and kept it. That's a start, yeah? Thanx for sharing the layout.)

Lisa R=P

You are so organized. You get everything on the calendar that never hits mine. For example decorating, etc. I just know that my time for "Home Stuff" is Saturday morning before soccer games -- so I make a mental list or paper list and then run like a crazy women for a few hours before I head out the door. I posted our normal schedule this morning -- if you have any thoughts on bringing some sanity and simplicity to that beast let me know :-)


I wish I could regiment myself, but it seems too stern for just the two of us. Maybe i will have to try a loose interpretation of this at our home.

Holly Smith

Wow...when I come back, I'm checking more carefully into the schedule for me. I have one for our menu, but really need one for me, too.

I am praying for you today, Friend!

Loove in Him,

Joanne (The Simple Wife)

I sent this email to Lisa and thought I'd post it for anyone else who's interested...

EVERYTHING has to go on the schedule/calendar—or it doesn’t get done!

The biggest difference this year has been our afternoon schedule: Come home from school, eat a HUGE and healthy snack together, then play until 5. Then we get out the homework box (which has pens, pencils, rulers, glue, markers, colored pencils—everything we could ever possibly need for an assignment) and we sit at the dining room table and do homework until 6. I (or Toben) sit with the girls to keep them on track and answer questions, getting up here and there to check on any dinner prep. Then they clean up, help set the table or cook, and then we eat at 6:30. At 7, they get in the tub, 7:30 we pile into my bed to read, then off to bed at 8.

I do try to get some of my “work” done while they do homework—putting things on the calendar, answering email, reading blogs (!), and such.

I know you work outside of the home, so not sure how it would work for you. But the thing is, the girls know the routine and we stick to it—every day. A month into school, they know the drill down pat and could do it even without me. And they’re thriving with the structure. (Audrey is one of those kids who takes as much time to do something as you give her, so limiting homework to 5-6 has made a huge difference for her.)

The best advice is my mom’s—do what’s best for YOUR family. And try different things until you find a schedule that works.



Thanks for this Joanne! I have been much better about meal planning and posting that for the family to see... but I love the idea of posting a daily schedule too!

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