My lovely, boisterous DS1 started school this year. Both my DH and I work full-time. We managed to organise work one of us does drop off every day, but he is in after-school care 5 days a week. He's effectively out of the house 8:30am to 5pm every week day. We had heard plenty of stories from other parents that their kids were often tired from the new experiences of school. So we decided not to organise anything for him to do (after school or weekend activities).
But after 3 weeks, my DS1 is coming home not tired enough! Bedtime in our house is 7-7:30pm. At this time he is often running around yelling and having a great old time (literally! ) and it's a fight to calm him down and get him into bed. He's struggling to get to sleep by 8:30pm! Honestly, it's like he's had a nice little nap in the middle of the day. He could easily power on til 10pm if we let him! But I don't want to do that as I believe that sleep is important for growth and development.
Has anyone else had this experience? How do you wear out your kids to get them ready for bed? What are some practical things that we can do to help him burn off all this energy he's coming home with?