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It's true. During the school year things are so crazy that we often eat unhealthy and on-the-go.
This is our typical school day grind:
4:20AM My alarm goes off. I drag myself out of bed, pick up the living room, straighten up the kitchen, put in a load of laundry, fold a load of clothes.
5:15 to 5:30 Coffee and email check (this is usually my only down time all day)
5:30 Shower and dress
6:00 -7:00 Wake kids up, make sure they are dressed. Make them breakfast, pack their lunch boxes, hand them their backbacks and get out the door.
7:15 Drop kids off at before school program and commute to work
8:00AM--4:00PM Work work work!
5:00 - 5:15PM Call my son to make sure he is getting ready for _________ (fill in your seasonal sport here.) Pick up daughters from after school program and get them some quick food before ____________ (fill in your dance class or seasonal sport here.)
5:30PM grocery store stop for quick food purchase. I'm not going to lie--the girls and I eat dinner in our van regularly after this quick stop.
5:45PM Home to change clothes, drop off backpacks, pick up gear for sports game/practice/dance
6:00 - 9:00PM Dance, game, practice, whatever. I shuttle and taxi 1-2 kids where they need to go and my husband shuttles the other kid(s). We are two ships that pass in the night, rarely even seeing each other.
9:00PM Bed time.
The nightly routine changes depending on what extracurricular activity is scheduled, and if I have a meeting, a class, or parent-teacher conferences then my husband handles all of the kid stuff on his own--that's usually once or twice a week.
Weekends aren't usually that much better. Sunday is my only day to study, do homework, and do housework. I set my alarm to wake me up early Sunday morning so that I have time to catch up on reading blogs and write a post of my own, and then it's work all day while my kids either visit their grandma, have a lazy day at home, or run to more sports practices.
BUT NOW... SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!!
How often do you sit to eat dinner with your family? How does your routine change in the summer? If you work all summer, what do you do with your kids? Summer is fun, but the change in routine can be hard for families. What do you do to cope?