Kelli is married and lives in Central Kentucky with her 4 year old daughter, 9 year old son, and 11 year old twin, step-daughters. She offers us a look at a typical day of a working mom with four children (wow!) and as you will see, she has several helpful tips to share! Thank you Kelli!
7:32 a.m. – Drop the “Big Kids” off at School
No one in our house is really a “morning” person. After waking up, the day begins with three older children sharing one bathroom. It gets trying at times but we try to do as much as possible the night before. Clothes are picked out the night before and ironed to save time in the morning. We have to be out the door at 7:30 to make sure we can get through the drop off line before the bell rings.
8:45 a.m. – Drop the “Monkey” off at School
After dropping the older children off at school we return home so that I can finish getting ready and can get my youngest (we call her “the Monkey”) ready for school. Depending on the day, I like to get her there between 8:30 and 9:00.
9:23 a.m. – Time to Work
The commute from Monkey’s school to the office is about 20 minutes. When my husband takes her to school, I can get to the office in about 20 seconds. I love working from home!
2:46 p.m. – Homework?
Once the older children are home from school, it is time to get their homework done. This is a great time to also catch up on the day and hear the latest issue in their life. As they get older, it is important to know about the relationships they have with other children.
3:55 p.m. – Afternoon Commute
We spend a lot of time in the car driving from one activity to another. Small spaces tend to allow for time for the children to argue and fight. To avoid the car battles in the afternoon I come up with activities or conversation to distract them. Today I had them each write a check out for me. It’s a great learning tool and they had fun with it too!
4:26 p.m. - Dance
Any unfinished homework is brought to dance so that the children can finish while they wait. If homework is complete, a book is always required!
6:45 p.m. – Glad my Husband Cooks!
As a way for my husband to share in the daily activities in the house while he is traveling for work, he prepares meals for us ahead of time. Since I can burn about anything and we are usually running from dance, soccer, and football - it saves time. Plus as an added bonus since my son and I are gluten free, it allows us to eat our favorites.
8:40 p.m. – Bedtime for the Children
With four children, the process for bedtime takes quite a bit of time. While one child is in the shower, the others are helping to pick up around the house or deciding what outfit to wear the next day. With preteen girls, this routine is starting to take longer!
10:00 p.m. – My Relaxation
I like to end my day in the hot tub after the children are asleep. When my husband is not traveling it gives us some time alone to catch up. When he’s out of town, it is nice to spend quiet time alone to reflect on my day and relax.
Have a great one!
Weekend thought :)
Don’t take this weekend or any weekend for granted, so go out and have a great one!