How are you all doing with back to school?
I am tweaking a lot this year and it looks a little something like this:
Wake up before the kids. like an hour before them. this gives me time to make a pot of coffee, drink it (haha … i wish i was kidding), and check my phone from the night before (I don’t keep it in the bedroom and I go to bed early).
The kids’ backpacks are on the floor in a row with anything else they need that day (shoes, snack, water bottle).
They are responsible for filling their water bottle and putting their shoes on without yelling, “I can’t FIND my shooooooooes!”
Then I take them to school, work out (with the baby so not sure I should say work out as much as it is walking and picking dandelions or doing sit ups with avery giving me wide open slobbery kisses when my head hits the carpet), and then the rest of the day is a blur of laundry, errands, all things baby related, etc. Very important and exciting, I know.
Get kids after school and have DINNER. This is the biggest tweak. They are starving after school and want to eat, eat, eat.
Since Rylan doesn’t make it home for dinner with us, eating early doesn’t hurt anything and it makes the late afternoon and evening so much more smooth.
Yesterday it was sloppy joes in the crock pot, the day before baked french toast (horrible recipe, mind you). Whatever I can make ahead and have ready.
Then we can do homework, take showers, play, get the baby to bed (worst time of day as you know), and I don’t have to worry about dinner, too.
The kids getting enough sleep has always been my thing as a mom. I’ve got great sleepers and I think it’s because I am a bit of a hard ass about bedtime routines.
There is a sleep chart blowing up all over FB about how much sleep kids need.
Claire goes to bed at 7:00 and Caeden at 8:00 which is right on par, thank goodness. (Sometimes I wonder as it is still light out when Claire closes her eyes…)
Then I to go to sleep at 8:01 like an old person.
Anyway. The whole ‘eat after school’ thing is really working great and wanted to share just in case your kids stuff themselves with junk after school and then don’t eat dinner later (like mine last year).
p.s. Tomorrow I will list all of Claire’s Matilda Jane size 6 on FB. Her size 2 and 4 sold out in an hour or so. Such cuteness!
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