This morning, Joshua woke up at 7:30 and Lucas at 8:00. That seems to be the normal routine right now. Joshua and I get dressed and ready for the day, play downstairs a bit and then we go get Lucas. One thing I have really been working on this week in parenting world, is planning our day’s. Over the course of 2.5 years, I’ve learned a few things that have made my days easier and things that make the days frustrating and tiring. I’m trying to actually do the things that I know help me. 🙂
Things That Help:
- Having clothes laid out and ready to go
Even though it really only takes 30 seconds or so to get clothes out of the drawers, it still seems like a chaotic event at times when we’re in a hurry to leave the house. Especially if I can’t find a particular item I’m looking for, or a pair of socks, things can really get crazy. If I spend just the minute or two the night before to lay out socks, pants and a shirt, it saves me time in the morning.
- Snacks for the day ready to go
- Getting dressed right after waking up and before going downstairs for breakfast.
I actually just tried this one this morning and it was awesome! Usually, we wake up and go downstairs to play and eat for a while. Then, we go upstairs to get dressed and ready for the day before we leave. This morning, as soon as Lucas woke up, I told him we were going to start a new routine of getting dressed as soon as we wake up and before we go downstairs. It went so well and saved us so much time!
We came downstairs, had breakfast (toast and eggs) and were ready to go by 8:45! Wow. I didn’t know what to do with so much free time in the morning. Usually we don’t leave the house for our outing until 10ish, but this morning was so different. I decided to go to the gym and let the kids play for a while. We got there at 9:15 and right after we walked in they put up a “we are full” sign.” Just 15 minutes after the play center opened at 9! I couldn’t believe it got busy so fast. It was seriously chaotic in there and way overwhelming and stimulating. Even though there were three people working and 25 kids, it was just disastrous When I walked in at 10 to pick up my boys, children were crying and dirty diapers were exploding. I saw them looking at the sign in sheet, trying to figure out which kids were what and who the parent’s were. I kindly suggested they get some name tags to put on the kids.
I think I’m going to pick a different time frame to take my kids to the day care at the gym, because it was just too crazy for me!
After gym, and realizing it was only 10:00, I decided to go to the park.
Park time, dropped off hubby’s lunch, then home for naaaaps!! This means some relaxation time for me too, as I have to work from 5-10pm tonight. These make for long days! *yawn!*
What things do you do that make your day smoother and easier with kids? Share your tips!