“What time is karate? What’s for dinner tonight? Which one of us is attending back to school night?” These are just some of the texts that my husband and I have been sending to each other this week. Even though it’s 90+ degrees outside and it still feels like summer, it’s fall y’all! School is back in full swing, the Halloween decorations are starting to slowly go up, and pumpkin spice lattes are at Starbucks.
During the weekdays when school is in session, free time is pretty much nonexistent. Between our children’s activities, homework, and volunteer obligations, there isn’t much left on a weekday for anything else. Even as I’m typing this, my sister who has 4 children texted me: “I’m so tired of homework for 3 kids, I’ll need help from up above when my youngest starts school!”
Most days, I feel like the time in between picking my oldest son up from school and bedtime is a non stop race against the clock. Bring one child to dancing and bring the other to karate, make sure to have something ready and prepared for dinner all while making lunches for the next day, giving baths, bedtime stories, and then tucking them into bed at a normal time. Whew! Just typing it all out is exhausting! The time just flies by between 3 and 8 o’clock; am I right?
I’ve found that with a little help and these time saving tips, our afternoon schedules have been running much smoother.
Accept help. First off, if you have family around offering their help, take them up on it. My mom is a huge helping hand with my kids. For example, on Mondays, she picks up my oldest son while I take my youngest to gymnastics.
Prepare the night before. Another tip is having all the boys clothes laid out daily. From their uniforms, after school clothes and pajamas; this makes life a bit easier having everything out and organized ahead of time. I can’t tell you how many times as a teenager I was running around trying to find a clean sweater for school! This eliminates morning freak outs.
Divide duties with your spouse. In the afternoons, my husband and I tag team. If I’m giving the bath, then he is doing the dishes or vice versa. If he throws the laundry in the wash, then I am the one folding and putting away the clothes. We are a team and knowing this household relies on one another is what makes it work.
Meal preparation is a tactic that is an extreme time saver during the week. Whether it’s chopping up veggies, making crock pot meals ahead and freezing them, or just prepackaging goldfish crackers for school lunches, it’s a big pay off that requires a little amount of preparation time.
Do you find yourself running around non stop during the evening? What have you done to make your life a bit easier?