For me, any sort of schedule or routine simply provides structure and direction; basic goals for a day, week, month, or year. It helps me organize my time and to know what I ‘should’ be doing if there is nothing else that needs to be taken care of. A routine helps me to feel successful if we are more or less meeting it. If the planned routine is not working, then I make adjustments. Is it too difficult, are the expectations unrealistic, or is there some way of getting some help? Have the needs or situations of family members changed? It’s important to me to have a realistic routine that I more or less enjoy. However, even then, I don’t feel bound by it. If it turns out that something else needs to be done at any given time, or if someone needs a break, this is when the ‘peaceful home’ motto takes priority. What needs to be done to return our home to a relatively peaceful state? Then, I do that instead. Life with children and many things on-the-go is a recipe for interruptions and varying degrees of ’emergencies’ – and often both of these things at once, and many times throughout the day! It is easy to get off-track and lost sometimes. It helps me to look at my schedule papers, see what time it is, and either get done what has been missed or if possible let it go and move on. Tomorrow is another day.