- In order to be flexible, the curriculum must give a little. I have discovered this year that the curriculum I am currently using is no longer what suits our family best, so I am excited to make some adjustments for next year!
- Flexibility must be balanced with a sense of order. I can't be so flexible that nothing ever gets done, nor so "orderly" that we become a cyborg family. I think that not cramming our schedule will help us to move things around if need be. Like those Cracker Jack games where you have to reorder the numbers in the square, you can't budge if you don't have any empty space!
- In order for Mommy to be patient, Mommy requires time for enough sleep, daily prayer (and Mass if possible), daily exercise, and a little bit of quiet time in the afternoon. Looking forward, these will become permanent entries in the schedule. Mommy can't give what she doesn't have, after all!
- Both patience and flexibility require that everyone carries their share of the household duties. If I am overwhelmed with minutiae, it's so easy for the most important things to get lost in the shuffle!
So, even though I am looking forward to summer vacation, I am also already eagerly anticipating the joy and challenges of the next school year!