Both boys are now in middle school, and I'm hoping that being on somewhat similar schedules will help me get back on track. We're four years into being a family of five, and I'm just as bewildered as ever. Tomorrow Baby Girl will resume preschool, and I have big plans for getting my house in order. Overzealous much, considering she'll only go two days a week.
On her off days, we really need to get on the ball academically. I feel like I've spent this time with her just playing and letting her explore independently. That has its place, but she definitely needs some guided learning opportunities. I'm not sure whether or not she'll start kindergarten next year, or at all. I still secretly want to homeschool even though I don't think I have it in me.
My theory on birth order...
I'm convinced the first kid is doomed, because he/she is practice. The second (middle kids) usually tags along and can be overlooked and overshadowed by the oldest. The baby usually gets away with everything because the parents are either too old, too tired, or just decided to pick their battles. Bottom line: No matter the birth order, it's a toss-up because babies don't come with instruction manuals!
This year I would love to find balance. Go figure. I'm still in search of the elusive idea of balance. Chores, school work, schedules, disciplining and training the children....not to mention individual growth, building the marriage, and professional and personal goals. The idea of getting it all right can be overwhelming. I've always lived on or near level 10, so that's a big part of the problem. The goal is to work my way down to about 5 and learn to enjoy the journey.
Here's to a great school year (and hopefully more consistent blogging)!