Contrary to Popular Belief

Today I’m linking up with The Gypsy Mama for her ‘Five Minute Friday’–a chance to write for five minutes without editing or changing around my words. I’ll just write, and you should, too! Come play along!

The topic: Every day


Doctors will tell you that kids need a schedule. I know all about schedules–they’re how I survive. I cleaned better when I had a schedule, and I get more accomplished when every slot in my schedule is filled with a task or meeting that needs to be completed. But the last few weeks, I’ve proven the doctors wrong.

Contrary to popular belief, kids do not need a schedule, at least my kids.

Every day since summer started, I’ve heard a little boy crack open his door and sneak downstairs to catch a few minutes of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Every day I’ve hit snooze on my alarm, got to reading my Bible a little later, writing blog posts and sometimes not finishing in one sitting, and so I’ve let my little man sneak down those stairs while I scurry to throw on a pair of shorts.

Every day we’ve eaten breakfast at an hour that would better serve brunch. Every day three little kids round the table in mis-matched outfits or wrinkled pajamas from the night before.

Every day we’ve thrown our schedule out the window. Shall we go to the gym? Sure! or maybe not today.

Every day is a surprise; every day is full of laughter; and these every days are perfect.

And I say schedules are very overrated.


I could’ve kept going with that one! What about you? Do you typically operate better with a schedule as I, or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person? Have you ever found freedom or enjoyment in trying to operate the opposite of how you’re hard-wired?

11 thoughts on “Contrary to Popular Belief

  1. Love this post! I agree with you this is the time of year to forget about schedules and make memories with those sweet little ones that won't always be little. I loved this topic today…I could have kept going and I have to admit I did go over a little…My brain wouldn't stop. I love your pictures and words and how they make me look forward to next Friday when school is out for my sweet boy. Glad to have met you and I can't wait to check out your blog even more. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  2. Nah! Throw that schedule out the window for the summer. Schedules are for school. Summers are for FREEDOM!!!!


  3. Great photos! I love the joy that comes through them.

    I, too, am better with a schedule, but I couldn't agree more wholeheartedly about schedules being overrated, especially in the summer. Those lazy days where you get to slow down and really enjoy your kids and they get to enjoy themselves as kids: those days bring priceless memories.


  4. I am so looking forward to throwing out the schedule. Instead, I'm just focusing on what we want to do and learn, but the ability to be free and come and go as we please — priceless!

    BTW, I've missed you at Soli Deo Gloria. No pressure, just wanted to know that I loved reading your words and seeing your smiling face!


  5. I agree! I have been feeling a tad guilty for letting the kids play non-stop for the past week but we have all needed the freetime and freedom. Thanks for the post to make me feel better about it!


  6. All I know is if someone is going to mess up the schedule, it better be me. I hate it when other people change things up, but when I do it, it is A-OK. 🙂


  7. Good for you! I'm definitely a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of person. It makes it hard to schedule ahead, but it lets each task and moment as much as it can be… Of course that's what people like me would say! Nice job Jennifer.


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