Recently my hubby, James, just moved to a new department with the government. New department means, new job, new manager, new co-workers, and new building. The new building is what we all have been excited about. Yes, the new job, manager and co-workers are exciting and great, but the new building is half the distance from home. Now that is something to get excited about.
With the new building being closer, there are two main benefits we are excited about. We are going to save half on our gas bill every month and Hubby/Daddy will be home sooner every night. Yup, he will finally be on a “normal” day shift schedule. That means that we can eat dinner as a family at a “normal” time. No more 8PM dinners for us!
However, with that new schedule comes adjustments. We all are having to get up earlier. For the first time, in as long as I can remember, I am waking up to an alarm instead of kids. It is quite in the morning. So quiet I have to keep myself from falling back asleep. I have never been a morning person, so this adjustment has been really hard on me. I have to say finding an alarm app on my phone that slowly wakes me up has been helpful. No more jolting out of bed scared wondering what is going on.
Another adjustment we have been working on is starting school sooner in the morning. Since I have never been a morning person, we have always tended to start school around 10 AM. That meant that lunch was around 1:30 PM and dinner around 7:30 PM. Since we are trying to have dinner at a “normal” time (around 5:30 PM), that means we need to be done school by 3:30 PM. That gives me enough time to get dinner cooked and on the table. The kids are handling it pretty well. I, on the other hand, am trying to fight off the yawns early in the morning.
With all those adjustments going on, there are bound to be some goof-ups. This past week Hubby came home a couple of nights expecting to see dinner on the table ready to go and I just hadn’t gotten to it yet. Honestly, I had forgotten about him coming home so early and hadn’t even started on dinner yet. Time just got away from me. He was gracious about it and we both worked on getting a quick, healthy meal on the table those nights.
Now don’t think we have it all figured out because there have been some crabby attitudes from time to time, on everyone’s part. Change is a hard thing when you have ADHD, no matter if you are a kid or adult. Even little changes affect everyone. So all we can do is our best during this transition time and try to give everyone some extra grace.
I would love to hear what you have to say. Do you have any tips for transitioning to a new schedule?