My husband is back on a rotating shift after several years on day shift. He works 2nd shift currently. What this means is a change in shift for me as well.
I am used to getting the chores and school done in the morning and having the afternoon free for extras, like bowling, piano, playing outside, art. I also used the afternoons to start dinner, sew etc...
Now I find I must put aside this schedule so that we can be on my husbands' schedule. This has meant some adapting, but over all it is going well. I want to be free to let the kids go with Daddy to get hay for the horses, or go outside and help him move firewood from the other side of the creek. We want to be able to go on a field trip etc.
Their are many perks as a homeschool family in having him on this shift. He is here for the bulk of the kids' day. We are committed to having a main meal together everyday, so the girls and I are cooking "dinner" for early afternoon. This is great because now on the evening we eat leftovers or a sandwich and we start to wind down earlier than when Daddy was getting home at 5:00 p.m. and then we had to eat and then he had stuff he wanted to get done outside or places to go....the evenings were busy and hectic after being busy during the day.
Now the pace is slower in the evening, but the family has enjoyed the day together doing various things, including school work. What we don't get done during the day, we do after Dad leaves for work.
This also leaves plenty of time in the evening for reading, knitting, computer time, a nice long soak in the tub...
We are thankful for my husband's job and for the fact that our lifestyle allows us such flexibility!