Why a rhythm to our days? We do so to create a more peaceful home and to slow down. Creating rhythm is an intentional flow to our days. We look at ways to create daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms in to our home.
During the school week, I wake up before everyone else (usually 6 am or earlier). Even though I am not much of an early morning person, I do really enjoy this time. My usual rhythm once waking up with the sun, is to let the light and the fresh air in by opening all of the windows and blinds (except my children’s room to not wake them), a drink of water with fresh lemon, go outside and do some stretches. Afterwards I set the table for breakfast. I am thinking of maybe setting the table the night before in future.
When everyone else wakes up (closer to 7 am), my children’s usual rhythm is to have a drink of water, do some simple yoga with me and then we have breakfast together then wash up. After breakfast they will get dressed, brush teeth and hair and then play (usually outside) before we leave for school. I will then get dressed etc and double check that lunch/snacks and bags are packed and everything is in the car ready to go. I am also thinking of packing the school bags the night before and putting them in the car to save time and so we don’t forget anything.
On the weekend, we all wake around the same time. On Saturday morning’s we have home-made pancakes and on Sunday morning we make some kind of simple hot breakfast. Both my children contribute to and look forward this each week as it’s part of our weekly rhythm.
“Meaning hides in repetition: We do this every day or every week because it matters. We are connected by this thing we do together. We matter to one another. In the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trip to Disneyland but the common threads that run throughout and repeat: the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bed time (with a hot water bottle at our feet on winter evenings), Saturday morning pancakes.”
Kim John Payne- Simplicity Parenting book
My previous posts on rhythm in the home