This is more a vent than anything, but would definitely appreciate some suggestions from you lovely ladies (and men if you're reading LOL)
XH has had the kids since Friday afternoon - dropped DS1 to school this morning and then brought DS2 home to me. OH.MY.GOD. DS2 has been SUCH a handful since he's been home!! And it happens after every overnight stay with XH. I just don't know what to do anymore!!!
Here with me, the kids have routine. DS2 goes to bed for his day sleep at around 10-10.30am and will sleep for 2 hours-ish.
Dinner is eaten at 5pm, then into the bath for a decent play, out for cuddles and story (sometimes incorporating DS1's reading homework) but basically just some nice quiet time before bed.
Sometimes bed time can be an issue but generally DS1 is in bed and asleep around 7pm. If DS2 is tired enough, he goes to bed first and goes to sleep quickly however if he looks like he's going to be a pain over bedtime, then DS1 goes to bed first and is asleep within 15 minutes and I put DS2 to bed maybe half an hour later - and he also goes to sleep within 15 minutes.
BUT after coming home from their fathers house, DS2 is a nightmare. He won't sleep. He won't eat properly. He doesn't listen. He hits me and laughs. Both kids tell me that they sleep in bed with their father which just infuriates me seeing as when we were together he flat out REFUSED to let the kids in bed with us.
It's just so hard to deal with sometimes. I often wonder if it's just DS2's age because honestly, DS1 is an angel - going to his father's doesn't affect him at all. But I feel like I get them back and put all this effort into getting DS2 back into his routine and then it's off to their dad's for the weekend again.
I know I just have to persevere with it but just needed to get it out.
Thanks for listening to my whinge.