Now that I work from home I am concentrating on keeping my animals on a schedule which will also serve me well. Having a calendar is a big deal right now. My previous jobs were so fast paced that if it was on my desk, it needed to be done. Life isn’t fast-paced anymore and I’m the only one in charge so it’s up to me to make sure the household is being managed. In the middle this transition I have two furbabies sensing the change. I’m still working on a new normal, but know it is important to keep your animals on a schedule too.
Our day starts later than it used to, but that seems to be working for Cooper and Niblet. The boys have taken after Mom and are not fond of early mornings. I feed them while my coffee is brewing so the day starts off right. While it is a challenge to maintain a strict schedule, it is helpful to you and your pet. You both get exercise, your pet gets attention and hopefully, it grounds you both at the start or end of your day.
A quick look at how our schedule is shaping up:
- 8am-9am – Breakfast/walk
- 9am-12pm – Work/boys nap/play
- 12pm-1pm – My lunch/walk
- 1pm-5pm – Work/boys nap/play
- 5pm-6pm – Dinner/walk
- 6pm-11pm – Downtime/hopefully work is done/potty break for Coop
When you keep to your routine you earn more respect as their leader. I also believe it helps strengthen your bond. So far, Cooper and Niblet seem much happier by having me work from home. Cooper is seeing more of me, but his walk schedule hasn’t changed that much. However, he and Niblet are both enjoying more play time and more activity in the house. Of course, since Mom is home so they get more attention. My guess is that your kids react the same way when you’re home or on vacation. They get more snuggles! 🙂
Life gets in the way, doesn’t it? No matter how hard we try, it’s pretty difficult to stick a flawless schedule. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked Cooper only to get caught up in a conversation with one of my neighbors. As much as I knew I needed to run off, I stuck around a few extra minutes. I justify it as good socialization time for Coop since he gets to say hello to his canine friends. He and the neighbor dogs have their “meetings.”
We all do the best we can with the cards we are dealt. A fellow FurMom and I have this conversation often when we feel guilty about leaving our kids or the day didn’t turn out as we thought. One of us says, “we need to be nicer to ourselves, our babies are loved and well cared for,” which is very true. I usually end up planning something fun if my schedule gets crazy and plan for extra snuggles. There is always time for snuggling.