Our wacky days and nights
I get the kids up at noon. Being a night person, and having a husband that works nights half the year this works well for us.
Some days I've already been up doing gigs before returning home. I miss no waking time with the kids this way.
We have brunch. Discuss goals and errands that need to be run. These could include what school work should take priority and why. Errands might include, driving lessons, grocery store, tennis, library, aikido, teen group meetings, other meetings with friends, the science museum and so on.
Next we get to work or run errands. After that we do what still needs doing. The kids typically work a day a head so they get to keep the privilege of keeping any schedule they want.
I e-mail them a list of assignments and obligations on Saturday. We typically work Sun-Thurs, taking Friday and Saturdays off. That's the way we like it. On Fridays and Saturdays we do special family times like game days, zoo days, movie days, meeting up with friends and other kids or what have you. Husband works every other weekend so half the time it's without him.
If they are sick one day, they double up and work more another day too.
I try to make sure they don't have more than 2-4 hours of actually seat work to do on any given day.
They may elect to be working at midnight. As long as they maintain good grades, stay ahead, meet their obligations and keep a good attitude toward others it's all good.
If they don't, it's time to face the consequences. It's rare that they don't.
One of my goals is that by the time they are out on thier own, they will be able to look at the clock, set it for the time they need to get up and be ready for whatever obligations their days and nights hold. I know I wasn't ready for that in college. Hopefully they will be ready.