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6 Responses to The Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Family Rhythm

  1. Kelly

    This is great Jennifer! Rhythm is such a fabulous tool for a peaceful and connected family life but learning how to use it as a tool takes time and practice. This is a great guide for getting started! 🙂

  2. Sheila  

    Recently I’ve been trying to do this, and it goes great. First thing in the morning is fun with Daddy, breakfast, and my Facebook time. When Daddy leaves for work, we go straight into housework time. I’ve figured out my toddler is much more accepting of my doing the dishes and sweeping the floor if it’s early in the day. After we’ve finished the chores, we go outside for awhile. The rest of the day is more freewheeling, but usually involves playing in the back yard after lunch and maybe a bath if he needs one.

    The trouble is, there’s not much to put into the schedule. We rarely go anywhere because I don’t have transportation. And there aren’t many special activities I know of to do with a two-year-old. He just plays, and sometimes he wants to do some specific thing, which I’m happy to let him do. I like having a framework to hang his freewheeling playtime on, but really, there’s not much going on around here.

  3. Lauren  

    I love your concept of rhythm vs. routine or schedule! We’re crap at routines/schedules here, but we’re definitely finding our rhythm, and it really helps our kids transition from one thing to the next, even with the standard toughies like, for instance, bedtimes.

  4. Tanja  

    We have a great rockin rhythm during the school week but I’m trying to picture what this summer will look like. It’s my first summer with my girls full time. Their eating schedule will never look like mine and I’m starting a list of ‘outside the home’ activities we could do for fun. Nice to see that others have rhythm!

  5. Sarh S  

    When everyone in my home is in rhythm it is such smooth sailing days! And then some how we always get out of rhythm and then we are all at each others throats pretty much. 🙁

  6. Raquel

    I have been looking for some direction on creating a rhythm to our day and this is by far the most helpful thing I’ve read! Thank you 🙂