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    Default What do your school age kids do after school??

    Just curious as to what others do. Dd1 has dropped one of her intensive sports and so we have more free time at home. I limit their screen time but find they are mooching around a lot. My 20mth old is a delightful handful so things are always chaotic and I find the arvos we are home there's always some washing / sorting and cooking to do so I don't think taking them out to parks etc is that feasible and anyway with toddler, 6 and 9 year old not so many places that's suitable? They play on our trampoline and run around but they want friends to play with and not each other. They always ask to see our neighbours but it doesn't always suit me to have other kids over. 9 year old could play out on road by herself but mr6 is completely oblivious to dangers of cars!! They don't go to after school care but I wonder if they might benefit for the socialisation as not much free time in school day?
    Anyways think I'm rambling got toddler attached to boob all the time now so mentally thinking about how best to organise our days, sort out a better routine for us all that balances play with homework / housework...

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    We have somebody's sport/activity on after school 4 days a week. But in between all that... 330 they come home unpack their bags and have arvo tea. 4pm is homework (or quiet time for the younger 2) for half an hour. Then it's free choice- Lego, reading, drawing, card games etc. At 530 DS1 does more homework for half an hour. The other 2 usually read. Somewhere in the non-homework time, DD plays her instrument. At 545ish I get them to start packing up and maybe do some chores. 6 is dinner. Then bedtime routine starts after that.

    So really, our afternoons go by in a blur. There isn't much time for them to get bored.

    Oh and we have no TV on weekdays. It makes them lazy.
    Computers they can use for homework only.
    DS1 usually sneaks a few games on his phone before it gets confiscated.

    Gosh I sound like a mean mum lol.

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    Most days they just come home, bum around inside for a while until it cools down then either go play out the back or the older 2 go play on the road with the other 20 odd kids in our street or go next door to play. Thursdays dd1 has dancing after school.

    ETA- dd1 does homework for 15 mins each night after the others go to bed so she can concentrate. Dd2 doesn't have home work yet. House work (tidying up after dinner, pick up toys etc) is done after dinner while kids are having showers/baths. Lunches and organising for the following day are done once kids are all in bed.
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    I work 3 days a week and my son (7) goes to after school care on those days. We also do karate on two afternoons (after, after school care), he has swimming on one afternoon and also soccer on one night. We also have a 18 month old, it's often a challenge running after him whilst trying to watch my other son. We use to do little athletics on a Friday night but Friday's are now for relaxation and a bottle of wine!

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    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday they have sports, Tuesday and Wednesday they have after care as I'm at work till later. Friday night we might go to the library or just come home, they do their homework, pack away school bags etc then are allowed 30mins computer. After that they play either at home or next door, read or just generally whinge at me till dinner.

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    Come home, do homework, required jobs then they can play or we have the tv on as DP likes watching the arvo news.

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    Currently I have my sons little girlfriend over (both 5) but she lives only 2 doors up. My kids are usually either outside or the girl and her brother are here or vice versa.

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    Monday DD2 has gymnastics and on Tuesday DD1 has tutoring we don't get home until around 5pm both days. So they usually have a 15min swim. Then it is homework time and flute/clarinet practice time and dinner time.

    They can be on their tablets or watching tv until dinner time, after dinner time it is reading and quiet time until bed....DD1- 9pm DD2- 8pm.

    The other days we come home have afternoon tea and free time until 5pm then it is homework time. They usually go on their tablets for a little while and then go for a swim.

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    Mine get changed, unpack bags, have a snack, do homework then have free time. We only have technology on weekends (aside from TV) so they might watch some telly, play outside, in their rooms etc. then it's dinner at 5.45 and start bedtime routine.

    Mine still get really tired after school so we try not to book to much in outside of sports etc.


 

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