My DP and I both work full-time and have a 2 year old and a 3 1/2 year old... Life is just chaotic, and we seem to have accepted that. I am up very early every morning to go to the gym and home before the kids wake up, I then have my shower and get mostly ready and then have the kiddies sorted.
I do the before and after work drop off's so by the time I get home (about 6pm) I am in full dinner mode and have the kids fed, bathed and in bed by 7-7.30pm. I then start on my house work, cleaning the kitchen, washing and folding clothes and then get the kids bags packed for the next day. I would say I usually sit down about 9-10pm, then have a catch up with DP (who has been on his computer for most of this time) and then head to bed.
I do everything in the house, which may not be fair but I have come to accept it for what it is. My tips, although not practical for some is just push yourself, if you know there is limited time to do something then just do it and don't sit down till it is done, lol.
My weekends are spent with the kiddies, we don't have babysitters and I don't like spending time away from them when it's my quality time. I am tired a lot but everything gets done and I know eventually it will get easier... right?? LOL.
I know eventually it will get easier... right?? LOL.[/QUOTE]
Hah, no be because as they get older they have school activities and appointments, sport, dancing, singing lessons, gymnastics, youth group, social outings etc etc that you need to fit in as well.
I'm with Refresh...I have 2 in school and 1 at home now and I am FAR busier then I was with 3 at home. I would kill for a day that we were all home and didn't have to go anywhere! I never felt like I needed extra hours in the day until now lol
And it does get harder to juggle when you hit school age with activites and homework and costumes at a moments notice and playdates and sleepovers and birthday parties and school roster (cause you explain to that little face why their mummy is the only one not to do kindy roster). Nithing brightens up a Friday afterwork than getting dupmped with the kindy washing bag.......... I thought it was going to get easier to. Silly me.
But my big tip is OUTSOURCING!! Hire a cleaner, get an ironing lady - something to take the pressure off. Yep - I have no me time - but at least I am not trying to fit cleaning a house in around my two days off - I'm just enjoying my time with the kids.
If only a cleaner could fit into the budget!
For most people I imagine that they make more money working even if they pay for a cleaner out of their wages. I know I will! We also get our work shirts ironed and have done for years. I cannot iron!!!
I have found having them both at school has made things so much busier as well
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