Before we left for our vacation, I noticed myself saying quite a few times that I sometimes felt a bit hindered by our schedule. That it was more often than not harder to get home for naptime, to make sure the kids got their chores done by a certain time in the mornings, in bed by 7:30 and making sure Canaan is being fed every 3-4 hours. I got to thinking that maybe a more unstructured setting might be easier for our family. Boy, was I wrong!
We had the chance to be unstructured...going here and there, living in the car, no naps, bedtime whenever everyone was ready, lunch when we got to it and Canaan in the sling being fed whenever he cried.
I noticed something very important...my children are MUCH happier when on a routine/schedule. Not even saying how utterly less stressful my life is having a structured day. Everyone knows what to expect and when to expect it. I love that Canaan really doesn't cry at home on his schedule because he never really has to experience hunger. He is fed before he reaches the point of tears and his body has adapted so well that I even know almost exactly when he is going to poop!! I love it!! I can spend quality time with each of the children when at different (scheduled) times, a few are napping or having quiet time.
One other thing you will never hear me say to my kids again... "Please let go of my skirt." We were in so many places with soooooo many people that I was so thankful that we have trained all the children to hold on to the cart or stroller and when there is no room...hold on to my skirt (or daddy's pocket). 2 weeks...3000 miles...the happiest place on earth ;)...a wedding in the ghetto and 6 children could have = disaster, but it didn't!!
Scheduling isn't for everyone, but for us...it is essential!