Published on October 4, 2010 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
It’s that time of year again, the time of year when fall sports swing into full gear and the days both feel as if there are fewer hours in them and actually have less daylight hours in them!
If you’re like my family, there are some days during the week where we’re just go, go, go, go, go, go (just typing that wore me out).
We have school and soccer practices and soccer games and homework and reading and bedtimes and dinners and lunches and breakfasts and somewhere in there we try to fit in family time and play and outside activities and quality time together.
I’m trying to implement a daily schedule into our lives to help with the after school insanity and make sure that everyone gets fed, to practices on time, has time to do their homework while they’re still awake and still have time to just be a kid.
Here’s an example of one of our practice days:
At 2:30 the 4 year old and I grab some water bottles and a couple of apples, he jumps in the jogging stroller and we walk to the school to go pick up the 6 year old. On the walk home she eats the apple and we chat about her day. I ask her questions like; “What was the best thing that happened today?” “Did you fill anyone’s bucket today?” “Tell me one new thing you learned today” “What’s something that made you laugh today or something that made you sad” “Tell me the most frustrating part of today.” These open ended questions give me a TREMENDOUS insight into my 6 year olds day and allow me such an amazing peek into the workings of her brain and the development of her emotions and coping skills.
It could easily be one of the best parts of my day.
When we get home she sits at her desk and we talk about her homework while I fix the pre-practice snacks in the kitchen.
Usually this involves, smoked ham slices wrapped around a Swiss cheese or American cheese slice and a very thinly sliced granny smith apple, skewered with toothpicks and sliced into finger foods. She gets this with a glass of milk or water and the 4 year old shares with her.
Then she reads to me and gets 45 minutes to play with her brother, write in her journal, play outside or just lie down in bed.
We go to soccer practice, come home, bathe, dinner, read again and then its bedtime.
It keeps us busy but, we love the time together and this after school schedule works beautifully for us and I know she’s eating something healthy, filling and feeding that never ending energy she has.