Typical work/home schedule?

Marissa - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are new to having three kids in the house. We both work. I wanteed to get a feel out there for how everyone else does it. Our kids get picked up, by either one of us, at 6/6:30 then we travel to our home. At home we have dinner, usually around 7/7:30. Showers/baths at 7:30/8. Books and brushing teeth, then quiet time before be around 8:30. I feel like its an assembly line once we get home. Anyone do it different?

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Marissa - posted on 01/23/2009

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My work schedule is definitely not normal.  I'm on a rotating 3 day cycle.  First day is 6am-6pm, Second day is 6am through to 7:30am the third day.  The third day I'm off.  I'm not sure we would survive if I didn't have that third day off.  It's the only time I see daylight!  It's the time I clean, cook in mass quantities, and spend quality time with the kids.   Of course that means little time for me but, I'm working on that.  My husband works a 9-5 job but commutes about 45 minutes.  He does all of the morning stuff (God bless him) and heads off to work after dropping the kids off with our care provider (a saint!).



I think any regularity you can provide kids helps them.  Whether its breakfast at the same time or a bedtime routine.  Someone should come up with true 30 minute meals that taste delicious and are good for you.  We settled for Boston Market last night (mommy was pooped)!

Lindsay - posted on 01/23/2009

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does anyone not have a nine to five? i have two little ones (2 and 6 months) and i am a restaurant manager and so is their father, we both work 12+ hours a day 5 days a week. i have day shift 9am to 9/10pm and he has the late shift 2/4pm til 2/4am. i don't feel like i see my kids awake long enough to have a set schedule with them. does anyone else have suggestions?

Shawn - posted on 01/23/2009

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Your dinner routine sounds a lot like mine..almost always right after we walk in the door, I start cooking. I will try to do some things in the crockpot or make a big enough casserole to have left overs on the night my boys have Tae Kwon Do, which makes it way easier getting home later. Our dinner clean up usually happens after kids are in bed too.

Joy - posted on 01/23/2009

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When / how do you keep the house clean with this schedule? The bedtime routine sounds like ours...but by then I can hardly move besides getting in bed...how do you do it?

Sally - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hi - Your routine/schedule sounds pretty much the norm. I have one toddler and it is the same deal. Unfortunetly, being at work 8/9 hours and then dealing with driving home, that takes up about 10/11 hours of your day. There after, you have to work as if you were on an assembly line, I don't think there is a better way. Best of luck!

Colleen - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have one and i pick Bree up from day care at 5 then home play get dinner done inbetween or i will perpare the meal in the morning (Yeah right not that often) i does make the night eisier though. Then bath. Play and quiet time books and Pooh bearDVD AGHHH over them. Bed that is a bttle as you are at work all day they cant wait to see you and bed is boring they want time with you. Bree has started to go to bed at avaerage time of 8:30 9:00pm and is up every morning at 6 it drives me nuts



But you are a star 3 kids and both working how do you do it. I know you have to but whae is your time? make sure you have that too.

Marissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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My kids are usually in bed between 8 or 9.  They usually wake up close to 7am.  We live close to our school as well.  I guess one of the more difficult things is trying to get the older two settled for bed and setting aside time to breastfeed the newest addition.  I've tried it a couple of ways:  Having the older two (6yo & 4yo)  eat independently while I nurse or wait until the pjs are on and then nurse seem to be the best options.  I'm lucky the baby is very agreeable.  She doesn't seem to mind if eating is on hold for a half hour!  



How does everyone manage meal time after working during the day (ie. cooking, actual mealtime, and cleaning up)?  I tend to cook as soon as we get in the door so we can try to have a real dinner at the table.  Cleaning up is almost always postponed until after everyone is asleep.

Jackie - posted on 01/22/2009

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I can relate to what you are saying. Currently my husband and I work outside the home in corporate america. We have pretty much the same routine as you described. I recently found a wonderful opportunity to start my own home-based business. I am currently working my home-based business part time and absolutely LOVE IT!! My kids are next to me in my home office so I can enjoy the special moments with them.

So... my goal is to eventually eliminate my corporate america job and enjoy what is important to me -- MY FAMILY -- and make a terrific income while doing it. You can do it too:) Ask me how!!

-Jackie

www.parents4wellness.com

Shawn - posted on 01/22/2009

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I do it alone a lot too..my hubby works finance for a car dealership, so if anyone is there,he can't leave. Isn't it crazy what you can do by yourself when you have to!!! My kids go to bed at 9pm, dad gets to spend some time with them that way. Asked dct if that was okay and he said you will know if your kids are not getting enough sleep..mine seem to do fine..wake up at 7, since we live right across the street from school..nice perk!! How about yours?

Janelle - posted on 01/22/2009

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I only have one and I feel the assembly line deal. But its good for them. I go to school and work midnights. My mom helps watch my daughter when I'm at school but I constantly find myself stopping in for bedtime. On top of that we have gymnastics and her visitations with her dad which is a four hour car ride for me. Be happy when your nights go smooth. When I get a day off I try to do something special with my daughter to make sure we have quality time.

Marissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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It's good to know that we're not alone.  We often have days where it is only one of us juggling the three kids.  My husband is currently on a 4 day trip in California so it's me doing night time duty and my babysitter handling the days.  My mom is going to help with the in between parts.  I think that a schedule does help kids thrive.  What are the average bed times for everyone?

Shawn - posted on 01/22/2009

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That sounds just like my house, except we have to throw in Tae Kwon Do twice a week and church on Weds!!! Sometimes it does feel like an assembly line, and that there is not time to possibly slide in any down time during the week. What I do know from working with kids is that they thrive on routine and like to know what is coming when...kids function much better in an environment where there is a consistent routine, so your doing great!!

AJ - posted on 01/22/2009

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Well it sounds like you have a good routine going for family. We have a routine but no time constraint. I am a flight attendant and my husband is a full time college student. So my son is use to not having a set schedule but knowing what to do. And he does this at my house, my Mom's house and my Grandparent's house.

Melissa - posted on 01/22/2009

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Wow! 3 kids....and I thought life was tough with just our 3 year old daughter. My husband and I both work full time but he is a police officer so he works 12 hour rotating shifts...so that is a bit different. Basically it is up in the morning and I get myself and our daughter ready for preschool, I feed her breakfast, drop her off at school, go to work, after work I pick her up, go home, make dinner, after dinner I give her a bath, brush teeth and do the bedtime routine of reading a book, saying prayers and tucking her in......THEN I get to relax....LOL I make sure she is in bed by 7:30 - 8:00. Since my husband has odd hours and days on/off I do this on my own and if he is around to help that is great but I don't rely on it. LOL

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