There are seasons when I cringe at the thought of having a schedule! There are seasons when I cringe at the thought of NOT having a schedule...I go back and forth. Currently, I'm thinking about entering back into the delight of having a schedule. It does cut down on the nagging when the kids know what to expect for the day. Or when it is time to have "sit time" or homework time, I don't hear as much revolting. I think we'll try it again-it does take time to get used to-- So if you start to implement a schedule, give it time before giving up-that was to encourage both you AND me!! lol.
Following are some thoughts from Carolyn Mahaney from the girltalk blog:
-A schedule is meant to serve, not rule. When it doesn’t serve, dismiss it. Lay it aside and pick it back up later.
-A schedule must be exercised in dependence upon God. It can greatly enhance our mothering, but it can never eliminate our need for God’s help.
-A schedule should be implemented humbly. We must avoid being self-righteous and judgmental in our communication about mothering practices. We must also avoid sinfully judging other women that they are being self-righteous and judgmental. In many cases they may simply be trying to help.
-A schedule is optional. You can certainly glorify God and be an effective mother without a schedule.
-A schedule is not the most important thing about us. Remember D.A. Carson’s admonition:
“So many Christians today identify themselves with some ‘single issue’ (a concept drawn from politics) other than the cross, other than the gospel. It is not that they deny the gospel. If pressed, they will emphatically endorse it. But their point of self-identification, the focus of their minds and hearts, what occupies their interest and energy is something else” (The Cross and Christian Ministry, p. 63).”
The gospel—and not a schedule—should always be what we’re most passionate about. And this is not a suggestion.