I hate my Tuesdays.
It doesn’t look that busy when you look at my calendar, does it? There are only 5 activities after school and there are gaps in between the activities. What’s the problem?
I don’t have really have one if everything goes to plan.
It’s when something goes wrong; a lesson runs overtime, someone forgets something and has to go back for it or someone has a meltdown that I have a problem. I don’t have time for these things on a Tuesday.
It’s the little bits of daily life in between the activities that slow me down. The kids need to be fed, and get changed and be reminded to have their stuff ready for each activity.
This is how our Tuesdays are supposed to go…
3:15 Pick up DD2 and DD3 from school. Walk them home.
3:30 Feed them snack. Get DD3 to make sure all her piano stuff is in her bag.
3:45 Take DD3 to piano. Pay the teacher ( dependant on remembering to go to cash point earlier in the day. If I have no money, then I drive down to cash machine and get some out).
4:00 Get home. Encourage DD2 to do her homework and music practice.
4:15 Drive down to bus stop to pick up DD1. Take her home, ask her to eat something substantial as she will eat dinner later. Remind her to change out of school uniform and make sure she has everything she needs for piano and drama.
4:30 Drive to school and pick up DS from Sports club. Bring him home and give him a snack.
4:45 Take DD1 to pick up DD3 from piano and continue on to her piano lesson. It should take 10 minutes but can take up to 20. I can never find anywhere to park so I drop DD1 off on the kerb, watch her enter the studio and then drive home with DD3.
5:20 Cook something quick. I have no idea what it will be tonight- hotdogs with carrots and cucumber perhaps? Feed DD2, DD3 and DS
5:40 Drive back to pick up DD1 from piano and take her to drama.
6:00 Drop DD1 off at drama.
6:10 Back home and yell at DD2 and DD3 to get ready for Brownies.
6:30 Take DD2 and DD3 to Brownies.
6:40 Come home for 20 minutes and take stock ( AKA stare mindlessly at FB)
7:05 Go and pick up DD1 from drama.
7:20 Bring DD1 home and feed her. Then send her and DS upstairs for a bath and to get ready for bed.
8:00 Go and pick up DD2 and DD3 from Brownies.
8:10 Get home from Brownies. Let the younger girls have a snack if required then take them upstairs for baths, teeth brushing and bedtime.
8:30-9:00 Collapse in a heap.
This is one of the reasons I like being able to be at home for the kids after school.
What kind of childcare would put up with a schedule as hectic as that? You couldn’t pay them enough, could you?