24 September 2012

unschool monday :: rhythm revisited


I've been trying to sit down and sort out where we're all at, but life just seems to be moving at such a pace that it's nearly October and my plans to get my head around and instil some kind of rhythm for our little family seem to have been thwarted by it all... We've been getting up and just going with the day for a long time, and it is fantastic to do that, as Shae pointed out so beautifully last week. But as a permanent state of being, spontaneity doesn't help with Mt. Washmore. It doesn't always ensure that each of my Owlets is heard. And it doesn't always mean that we make the most of every day. Some days are just hard. And not at all effortless (Cybele, I'm looking at you ;)). I have a feeling that once organisation happens, mindfulness will follow... But perhaps it is the other way around? At any rate, the days this year where we have followed some sort of basic flow for the day, and everyone has understood it, are often the easiest.


I'm feeling like our days are starting to form some natural rhythm of their own now that Tiny is bigger... I just need to inch one step ahead and start beating the drum a little louder and more steadily.


Why Rhythm?

Because we hate routine. We like our days to flow, but we'd rather that it become second nature. Something we don't have to think about. Something that is always there, setting the day's pace, while we dance to the beat of our own drums.


Rhythm is good for our little family and ensures everyone's voices are heard. It reminds me to pause. It makes time for all the things to happen. And it sets a clear, seamless boundary for when it's time to flow on to something else.


I'm hoping it will help keep my head clear. I'm hoping it will help us enjoy quiet moments more, rather than worrying about all the shoulds... I'm hoping it will help us just. slow. down...

I'm hoping to begin afresh this week. Wish me luck. xx

Thanks for reading along with Unschool Monday. If you have a question, ask away! I'm happy to try and answer here next time. If you feel like linking up, it'd be lovely to have you on board and see how unschooling happens at your nest. xx


  1. I really like the idea of rhythm as opposed to routine! I hope this new rhythm works well and stays put for a while. :-)

  2. :) this post made me realise rhythm is what we have, how lovely.

  3. Rhythm is like a breating in and a breathing out.. at least to me lol During our playschool hours we are more of a routine.. still not a stric schedule but definitely more "strict" than the rhythm I like to have when it is just us.

  4. Oh my gooness, I just happened upon your blog and this post is one that I could totally have written especially lately as rhythm has been on my mind. I whole heartdly concur with everything you said! We have always used rhythm, even before we knew that there was a word for it, and I have found lately that our rhythm has been off. Not sure why but after much thought it was decided that it was time to tweak the rhythm into something new. I love that rhythm allows for everyones voice to be heard, for the natural ebb and flow of our day to be taken in to account and allow us to just be. It truly is a lovely way to live.


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