Kids - some of them love it and some of them can't read yet. So, the child that needs a lot of structure finds great comfort in a plan. She doesn't always like the lack of activities on any given day but she has found ways to entertain herself. The one who can't read would be fine with less structure. She just waits to be told what we'll be doing next. And my middle girl is pretty happy no matter what.
Mom - this is the best plan ever. I finally have something to point to when they are bored. I can say - oh well, you should be watching TV right now (they are pretty excited when I remind them of that activity) or you should be working on your chores. If they play nicely together I try to leave them alone. They generally do enjoy being together.
Dad - I think he enjoys not having wandering, annoying, bored, frustrated children in the house. Since he works at home and shows up upstairs several times a day, it helps them if they are fairly settled and occupied.
|Outings (like this one to the Graue Mill) are part of our weekly plan.|