The hours between 4 & 7 PM

Stifler's - posted on 07/04/2011 ( 45 moms have responded )

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Is your child really REALLY cranky between the hours of 4 and 7 pm? Do the hours go slower this time of day or is it just me? How do you deal with it?

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Sal - posted on 07/06/2011

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therese having to make the kids dinner then is just hell, that is why i make it at lunch time and if not and they are really crashing fast they just have boiled eggs or something easy they eat well enough to have a slack tea sometimes, i know that we should eat as a family but my hubby does shift work and just isn;t going to be here quiet often as he is at work or not finished, and i feel that a family meal with tantrum chucking little ones benifits no one..

Laura - posted on 07/04/2011

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yeah, mine are. My mom said we were cranky then too. She said it was the 'witching hours'! haha Usually we try to do something different to mix things up around that time, like go for walks or play outside or something that distracts the kids from their brutal moods.

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Janet - posted on 05/31/2012

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PHEW!! I have a 3 month old and it's like she just loses it between 4-7!!! Same thing, seems like she didn't nap all day or eat all day, etc.!!

Lisa - posted on 08/09/2011

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YES!! It is my worst part of the day. He starts acting like he didnt nap at all and Im trying to get the house cleaned up and dinner started. he does not watch tv (not that I dont want him to he just isnt interested)If it werent for my 12 yr old helping out I would lose my mind!

Jessica - posted on 07/08/2011

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ya my kids get crazy around that time 2. I take em to the park for an hour or find an indoor activity to burn some energy then sit down with i book or movie like cars n have quite time sometimes it works sometimes they just moody

Kyleigh - posted on 07/08/2011

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my youngest naps around then so its quiet -with my oldest things can get interesting

Amie - posted on 07/07/2011

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If our youngest woke up too early it sucks!! She tries to nap around that time then. =/

Any other day though, ours are fine. Depending on age they go to bed starting at 8 and ending at 9:30 when the oldest is in bed. Well it's closer to 10 most nights now for her, since summer holidays are here. lol During the school year our oldest 2 are up at 7 to catch the bus. Our youngest two get up at 8 so I can get our 3rd to pre-k. Again, now that summer holidays are here, they all sleep until 8ish. Sometimes, if they had a really long day previously, they'll sleep until 9ish.

When our youngest gets up early though, I really hate those days. The older 3 can go lay themselves down without fuss to have a short nap if they're tired, our youngest will fight it though. ugh.

Jeanette - posted on 07/07/2011

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OMG I was just thinking the same thing this afternoon!! Like ok who swiped my kids out and brought these little bad mood terrors!! lol I have 2 almost 3 yr old twins and from 4 to about 7 730 they are in a bad mood crankier! Esp my daughter! it almost scares me how easily their mood shifts! even when they nap

Katherine - posted on 07/06/2011

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Oh GOD do they ever! The hours I mean. They get their second wind, they're cranky, that want this and that....

My 2 yo and 5yo are so active during the day I just don't get it. It's like as soon as 4pm comes around I can feel my hair start to stand on end.

Vegemite - posted on 07/06/2011

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YES! The witching hours. We have dinner at 6-6:30. They'll usually ride their bikes around the house while I'm cooking or if they're too bad I'll sit them in the high chairs to watch tv with some paper and crayons to colour, books, cars, their little laptop toys that teach colour, shapes, numbers and alphabet or some other activity.

Maggie - posted on 07/06/2011

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haha 430 on the dot till dad gets home between 630-8 depending if he has training

Stifler's - posted on 07/06/2011

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Sal, I let Logan eat early too. I have slow cooker food most nights so it's ready by his dinner and keeps warm but doesn't go gross by our tea time. I hate having him whinge at my feet until dinner time. I played blocks with him from 5 until 6 yesterday just to shut him up hahaha.

Lisa - posted on 07/06/2011

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Yep! I have a 4 1/2 YO, 2 1/2 YO, and 5 month old. The 5 month old only wants to be outside and the other two fight nonstop. The oldest is good as long as I keep her occupied (helping with dinner for example). If it's really bad, I just let them watch tv and if daddy is home, I put the baby in his stroller and take him to the shop or barn to be with daddy.

Some days I think about having a glass of wine to combat it but then I'm worried I might not stop at one glass if it's a bad day. :)

Stifler's - posted on 07/06/2011

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Logan never used to be but now I have trouble getting him in bed even though he's really tired.

Kat - posted on 07/06/2011

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good 2 know hes not the only grumpy one!!!! r ur kids protesters when its time for bedtime routine?

Jessica - posted on 07/06/2011

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my hours usually start from 3 until 6:30 lol we try and go out to play, or for a walk/bike ride. if we go for a walk she usually sleeps better that night :-)

Teresa - posted on 07/06/2011

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I am more tired, the kids are more tired, still supper to deal with and bed time routine. It's a tough time, no doubt.

Jane - posted on 07/06/2011

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i hate that time of day. it seems to be when i need a break but still, dinner and bedtime is looming. the kids probably feel that way too, i imagine. try getting some darker pull down shades for the kids' bedroom. that may get them to sleep in longer and make a difference in their overall temperment.

Corinne - posted on 07/06/2011

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Yeah, I hate this time of day too. Mia finishes school at 3:30pm, we have a nice walk home, I turn the key in the door and BOOM! WW3 begins. They fight over everything, it doesn't matter what activity I have planned, they'll both want that exact coloured pencil, or the same jigsaw, or one's not riding their bike the 'right' way. They argue at the dinner table, they argue over who gets showered first and then over which story we're having for bedtime. They go to bed at 7pm and are up at 6am. 7:30pm is when I throw my dancing gear on and work out the frustration through physical activity, I dance til I can't walk, it makes me feel good.

Stifler's - posted on 07/06/2011

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Ithink Logan has slept in til 9 about 3 times in his whole life and that's after we got up at 7 and chucked a sippy cup of milk into the cot.

Sal - posted on 07/06/2011

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we are 5-6 risers here too, today we got a sleep in 7am, it was amazing-lol, after having woken all by ourselves, no alarm no kids, i asked waht time it was, thinking 8ish maybe, and john said almost 7, i was so disapointed-lol

Stifler's - posted on 07/05/2011

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I don't know how people have their kids up til 10 at night and stuff, I couldn't stand the whingeing lol. Maybe their kids sleep in and mine don't though. I wish mine slept in past 6-7am.

Sal - posted on 07/05/2011

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i just had my 4.30 tantrum over what PJs miss 3 wanted to wear, or not wear as the case was so all going perfectly to plan here.....dinner almost done then bed, then ME time, big boy away for holidays, hubby at work, i just hope i stay awake long enough to get my toe nails painted....

Stifler's - posted on 07/05/2011

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Yeah that's why we had ours close, so they'd have a mate. Logan loves Renae but she doesn't do anything fun yet so he gets frustrated. Even though this is my thread I have to say,... Logan has been EXCELLENT today. It's nearly 5 and he isn't bugging the hell out of me for once. I put his teething necklace in the sun for once so maybe that's why.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 07/05/2011

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Thanks :) looking forward to just that - them being close in age and being able to play together hopefully more lol
But what do I know, I'm just some broad having kids :D hahaha

Stifler's - posted on 07/05/2011

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10 months is good, they will probably nap still. Mine always seem to have at least 1 nap at the same time, it's thje saving grace of having 2 kids.

Sal - posted on 07/05/2011

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you lucky girl, it is fun now that they are a little older and play together, both mine are girls which is nice, just hold on and enjoy the ride nicole

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2011

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The hard hours of the day for me are 1-4, this is probably why I schedule my son's nap for about 2! I think I am just worn out, so I know I am not the most effective mom. Sometimes, we just need some downtime.

Sal - posted on 07/05/2011

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ohhh i so feel for you, mine were 14 months apart and i never thought i'd get through it....

Stifler's - posted on 07/05/2011

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I have rum when they're in bed. I forget that rum and wine have alcohol in them sometimes, they're just part of the routine now.

Stifler's - posted on 07/05/2011

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Mine are 17 months and 6 weeks so it's so joyful having them both whining during those hours lol

Sal - posted on 07/05/2011

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or actaully i have the wine at 7pm, but maybe the 7am thing might work better!!!!

Sal - posted on 07/05/2011

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yes yes yes, as one friend described it "arsnic hour" because if they all made it through and no one get a dose it was a good day....lol. how do i deal with it....a BIG glass of wine at 7am, and cook dinner at lunch time so it is ready for them as soon as the hungry beast raises it's head, i also like to give the little ones their bath at lunch when they are home, set them up with an activity for half an hour before tea, at the moment they love decorating their own place mat (a piece of kitchen paper with a very simple pic on it) then cross my fingers and hope they go t sleep early..

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Mine is, but we have him nap between 4-6 that way he holds out better later in the night. He's 8 months though, still pretty young. Not sure how old yours is.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/05/2011

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Blech, I hate that time of day. Today my husband came home at 5 and he and my son watched a movie until supper was ready, and then my baby went to bed extra early!

It's annoying that just as you need to start making a meal, that's when the real whining begins. If it was a different time, I'd just take Thomas out and he could play in the dirt (that always cheers him up).

Stifler's - posted on 07/05/2011

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That's why it's annoying me, the winter thing. It's getting too cold to go for a long walk at that time.

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2011

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Ours starts at around 3.30pm till bed at 7pm. I call it the witching hour too although its more like the witching 3 hours :)
We have told people not to call between those hours.

The begging and whining and fighting drive me insane. Luckily they have a favourite program that comes on a 4.30pm so it gives me abit of a break so I can get dinner ready.
In the summer its easier to deal with. We take them to the beach or the park before dinner. Now it's winter I'm finding it abit harder to deal with coz by that time its too cold to take them out

Michelle - posted on 07/04/2011

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Man 4- 7 are so bad and a lot of times my husband is barely getting home at 7 (if he's in town anyway) and he misses it all. I'm lucky if I can get dinner on the table. The kids are crabby and bugging the heck out of each other. I'm sorry to say some days I turn on the tv and hope they watch long enough to get dinner going. In the summer I can let them ride bikes on the back porch for a little while or we all walk to the park or something. They like to "help" with stuff too.

Stifler's - posted on 07/04/2011

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Oh my kids are horrid when we're home but angels when we go out. They are bored by everything at home, I walked around the supermarket for an hour just to buy milk yesterday to shut them up until dinner time. Then a bath for 45 minutes bahaha this was kind of a vent/see what everyone else does. I wish Logan would just watch tv so I didn't have to watch him play in the bath until Damian got home.

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I'm not one to normally say words like this on here but....



THOSE HOURS ARE HELL!!!!!! Bad hours for us start about 3:30...Daddy gets off at 4:30 so the whining starts about when "he will be home", "whats for dinner", and "I want a snack" begging. After dinner its whatever the kids can find to fight about. And yes its really the longest part of the day! I'm glad I'm not alone!!! lol I always sing "It's the most wonderful time of the day" When I think its time for bed (7-7:30) and my husband laughs and helps get the kids ready and the kids just groan lol



Edited to add: We also try to do either a quiet game, long baths, or play outside during those hours. Normally something to keep the girls away from eachother!

Bridget - posted on 07/04/2011

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I know exactly how you feel!! i have a five year old, four year old, and two year old. They get misrable around those times because they are getting tired. Keep in mind my five year old and four year old will not nap and they get up super early. (like around 6:45 in the morning) And they go all day so by the time 4:00 rolls around they are hungry tired and i am ready for bedtime lol. My two year old on the other hand takes about a two hour nap so he starts to get fussy around 6:00. (they go to bed at 7 or 7:30) I would say my best advice would be is to avoid going out with them during those hours when they are fussy maybe just hanging out at home and doing some quiet activities. We typically do some coloring or some educational activities before i start dinner at about 4:30 or 5. Then while i cook they watch a movie and then we eat. After that we do baths and story then its off to bed for them. The routine seems to work on most days. I hope this helps :)

Jodi - posted on 07/04/2011

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Oh Emma, I'm not sure I should answer this one. My kids are much older (okay, let's be honest, ages 6, 12 and 13), and 4-7 are fucking hell. I call it witching hour. Probably more because it is homework time and getting dinner ready time, and shower time, and everything time, but I HATE that time of the day. Bring on 8:00.....

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