I never thought that the scope of my domestic life could be depicted in stick figures on a single sheet of paper but this morning my husband and daughter proved that, indeed, it could be so! Over breakfast they both worked to put our family activities during any given week on one side of a piece of printer paper. I have to say, I was rather impressed listening to the ease with which my daughter recounted our day-by-day doings to my husband who then rendered them into a stick-figure schemata. I recommend this activity to anyone with kids: see if they can summarize their time with you onto a single piece of paper. Rather than be dismayed at your parental predictability (as I was tempted to be at first), congratulate yourself for creating a sense of security in your child's life, one full of activities that they can count on!
Here's the breakdown (as far as I can tell):
The days of the week are labeled Sunday to Beach-day (Saturday). There are four "layers" to our day, though the second and third overlap.The little church on Sunday is mass, and the little one at the bottom is daily mass which we try to attend 2-3 times during the week if we can.
Layer 1:Daddy goes to work and then on "Beach day" someone is drowning in the water (hopefully the two aren't somehow related, as he is a teacher).
Layers 2+3: Mommy and the kiddies go to the "Y" and/or the "Ant Park" or just parks galore; somewhere thereabouts is nap time where my son is shown in "jail" (his crib) while my daughter sleeps in bed.
Layer 4: As I mentioned, the little church at the bottom with the "Wahhhhh!" speech bubble scribbled out (we have to sit in the crying room), symbolizes daily mass. Thankfully, the "Amen" bubble still remains; we wouldn't want to forget what we say when we are there.
I noticed that chores weren't mentioned (hmm) but I decided not to say anything. Of course there's more, but this picture gives a pretty good gist of our toddler-run household and so far, it seems, they run it well!