Rhythm is one of those things that many parents talk about, wonder about, and can have such trouble implementing. Here are my top five secrets to garnering a rhythm that supports a peaceful home life.
Visualize your home and walk through a day in your head. Where was it smooth and flowing and joyous? Where was it sticky and difficult and everyone fell apart? I don’t think a rhythm is about throwing out who you are, who your family is, what your family culture is in order to replace it with something that someone else does, but rather to build upon the successes in your own home. Every family does something really well, so what is your thing that you do really well that you could build upon?
Write it down. Going into a game plan with a written down plan will help keep you on track and then you can easily make notes and adjust as needed.
Give it space and margin. Don’t pack too much into your day or your week or your month. Breathing room is really important for things to breathe and to flow. Rhythm is not a schedule.
Pay attention to the cycle of the year. Some of us do this through a religious cycle of the year, others through a nature focus – but however you do it, allow time to savor the things that go with each season of the year. People always ask about how to homeschool multiple children, and the rhythm of the year is the absolute answer that provides the glue to hold things together.
Finally, relax and have fun. Enjoy each other. Cuddling, snuggling, laughing together are all the most important parts of being together as a family. Enjoy!