With school back in full swing the chaos has ensued. It’s really hard to have three kids all in school. It takes up a lot of time. My evenings are fully packed and I don’t even get to spend any quality time with my kids. I don’t get home from work until 5:30. The schedule goes something like this…
Walk in the door and get bombarded with “I’m hungry, when are you making dinner?” “We’re STARVING.” They might die. Death by not eating for an hour and half. Of course, there are some hugs accompanying these whiney statements, but mostly the demand is DINNER. I’m super lucky if I can just do a quick 20 minute run, or 10 minute FitSugar workout to decompress.
So it goes, dinner. Checking their homework if they did it with dad. If not, then assisting with homework. Signing and checking boxes on planners for all three kids. Then cleaning up dinner and making lunches. So basically I’ve spent the entire evening in the kitchen.
Then all three have to read 20 minutes. Unfortunately my minions can’t be trusted and they need to read it out loud, supervised. So take 20 minutes times 3 kids. That’s an HOUR!! Mind you I got home at 5:30 and bedtime is at 8:30. We still have showers to do people. There just isn’t enough time.
When all is said and done, I’ve spent NO quality time (aside from eating dinner,) with my little guys! I needed a different strategy.
So now I’ve been combining reading time with kitchen time. They come one at a time and sit in the chair and read out loud while I clean up dinner and make lunches. It’s been a lifesaver! It keeps them focused and I’m still getting things done that have to get done. Saving us some time to watch a show together or build some Legos.
What tips do you have for getting through those stressful, packed weeknights?