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    He's only a pup, so he is absolutely hyper in the evenings without a walk! Yes! We can all go on the walk, that's a great idea! Once the evenings get lighter we will give that a bash and dd can go to the park which should kill walk/play jobs at once.

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    If it were me I would get rid of the dog ... Doesn't seem fair that your DH is spending his limited time with the dog and not your daughter.. Then again I'm not a dog person.
    - just incase your not as cold as me PP's suggestion about a family walk is a good one. Or cut the evening walk, have DH home to help and you will have dd in bed by 8.

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    @VicPark you don't just "get rid of" a dog. Well maybe as you say you would but you probably wouldn't own one in the first place.

    We have two dogs OP and definitely use it as a way to get the family all out of the house together. Winter is hard but once the evenings are longer and lighter it definitely works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonja View Post
    @VicPark you don't just "get rid of" a dog. Well maybe as you say you would but you probably wouldn't own one in the first place.

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    Yeah I know... You can't get rid of a pet once you have it... Well you can but it's hard...

    I just think whatever the OP does the dog needs to move down the priority list a notch. I mean you can't aim to have a kiddo in bed by 8 and have hubby go MIA with the dog from 7-7:30.
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    I would just walk the dog after DD was in bed if a family walk wasn't always possible.

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    I'm subbing, just started back after maternity leave.
    I'm struggling as hubby works nights. So the evening I get home about 6 and have a tired grumpy hungry 1 year old to get sorted. I feel I don't get a chance to attend the house

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Yeah I know... You can't get rid of a pet once you have it... Well you can but it's hard...

    I just think whatever the OP does the dog needs to move down the priority list a notch. I mean you can't aim to have a kiddo in bed by 8 and have hubby go MIA with the dog from 7-7:30.
    Why not? It only takes one person to put a kid to bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Yeah I know... You can't get rid of a pet once you have it... Well you can but it's hard...

    I just think whatever the OP does the dog needs to move down the priority list a notch. I mean you can't aim to have a kiddo in bed by 8 and have hubby go MIA with the dog from 7-7:30.
    This is a fair point, if I want her in bed by 8 then bath needs to come before walking the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maternidade View Post
    I'm subbing, just started back after maternity leave.
    I'm struggling as hubby works nights. So the evening I get home about 6 and have a tired grumpy hungry 1 year old to get sorted. I feel I don't get a chance to attend the house
    It's an adjustment that's for sure. What worked for us was giving dd one of these pouches of savoury food in the car on the way home, as she was often too tired if she had to wait til we got home and got dinner together.

    I remember someone telling me this when dd was about 6months old, I was quite judgemental, but honestly it was a lifesaver for us.

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    OP when I worked longer hours than I do now (and had fewer kids) we fed them as soon as we got home (around 6) then straight to bath, books and bed by 7. Once they were in bed DH or I took the dogs out while the other made our dinner. Yes it meant we were eating later than the kids but we ate always by 8 or 8.30.

    I am someone who needs child-free time in the evenings whether that be eating dinner without them or taking the dogs for a walk. It's just something I have always needed.

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