The aim of this paper is to analyse how families and households construct their daily practices; rhythms; and sequence structures. Family and home will be analysed in relation to nearby communities and to society and how these relationships are seen in the individual’s and the families’ daily practices as well as how these relationships facilitate daily life or make it more difficult. The second aim is to study the functionality and usability of a new family work method: ’The Sequence Map’; with which rhythms that are irregular in families with small and school-age children will be changed into more stable and predictable patterns.
The socio-cultural approach (Vygotsky; 1978) offers concepts and methods with which to analyse rhythms as dynamic; everyday processes. For this purpose; I will employ ethnographic data based on videotapes of authentic activities in everyday settings; combined with interviews. The video data makes it possible to analyse the topics thus revealed and produced in action and face-to-face interactions.