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The Geege has been doing stock take the past couple of days and I have been alone doing pick-ups and bedtimes. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have been able to manage on my own. I realised that things have gotten a lot better.
I still dread Monday and Tuesday evenings. Who wouldn't? Picking up four completely over tired children and having to squash their night time routine into an hour isn't anyone's idea of fun I bet. I still get completely overwhelmed and overwrought but I seem to get through things more productively, with less screaming and a reasonable bed time for the kids.
So what has changed? Obviously the kids have gotten older, which really helps. But it is a combination of other little changes we have made that seem to be helping us. Things like: improved organisation; lower standards (i.e. simple dinners); getting the kids to do their homework at after-school care so we only have to check it and have them read to us; and rewarding independent behaviour.
Nothing changes over night, but it is nice to realise that life is getting easier.
What is the busiest time of your week? How do you manage it?