When I just had Ani and Cameron, I hated the idea of a schedule. I like to do what I want to do when I want to do it. Once Fritz got close to toddlerhood I started thinking a schedule wouldn’t be so bad. Ani thrives on routine and basically begged me to make a schedule for her. I never thought I’d say it, but I am loving having a schedule. It makes our day go so much smoother when we follow it.
Now, granted, our schedule is not rigid by any means and Adrian’s column simply “Whatever he wants to do!” For the rest of us, there’s a lot of free time built in between our scheduled activities. The evening isn’t scheduled at all between dinner and bedtime routine.
I was wrong totally and completely wrong to think schedules were terrible, horrible things. Instead, our schedule has made such a difference that now I actually enjoy checking the schedule sticky-tacked to our wall to see what comes next.