This week’s Welcome Home post is going to be rather logistical in nature as I show you our brand new seating charts!
Yes, that IS excitement you hear in my voice, because now my answer to some of the most petty of squabbles is,
“See the chart.”
Every year for vacation I make a Van Seating Chart scribbled quickly on a piece of paper as we are leaving the house. Every day, the older children rearrange themselves so that all get the coveted front row seat where they can chit chat with Mom and Dad and sit by the baby.
Why I thought I needed to ditch this method of arrangement once vacation was over, I have no idea for it really is a great way to keep the van squabbles at bay. So, this past week after hearing one too many times,
“The front row in mine!”
and hearing 4 other voices raised in protest, I decided it was time to give the Van Seating Chart a permanent place in our home. Ahhh, so much nicer!
Now, you might notice, that two of the children do not move…ever. Garin is always in the front row because he is the current baby and in a car seat I don’t feel like moving over and over again. And until the new baby arrives, Micah will also be staying put in the second row. After baby gets here, he’ll be in a booster and I will change the seating chart to reflect his ability to move about the cabin. This means a couple of the children never sit by each other, but I’m hoping they aren’t too bothered by it and can hang on until the new baby is here.
Now, for the other seating chart I put together:
For years, we have followed a very streamlined meal time, but seating has always been an issue. Everyone wants to sit by Daddy and often the seating arrangement that naturally happens leaves two toddlers sitting together with no one big enough to help them pass food.
Once again, I was tired of hearing,
“I’m sitting by Daddy!”
and then a squabble over who sat by Daddy last time; however, I knew from experience that trying to change where children sat every single meal was NOT a good idea. It was entirely too chaotic, so I couldn’t do what I had done with the van seating. My compromise was to create a seating arrangement by season.
Each child has an assigned seat for an entire season with the two toddlers sitting smack dab in the center of the table on either side so they are never left stranded together fending for themselves. My seat and Daddy’s seat never change. We sit together so we can both work at filling plates and passing them.
I am VERY pleased with the results! It also helps for the times when I fill the plates from the kitchen and send my helper out with the plates because they know precisely where to put each plate.