Adjusting to a new schedule

Filed under: Just For Dads, Work Life, Activities: Babies, Day Care & Education

It's been a few weeks now since Jared and Sara started school. It's taken some time, but I think we're finally adjusting to the new schedule. Rachel is up at some ungodly hour and out of the house by 6:30. I'm up somewhere between 6 and 6:30 and Rachel wakes Jared up to watch her leave. I get Jared and Sara breakfast, then get to work looking for stories to report on for ParentDish.

By 7:30, the kids are -- in theory, anyway -- finished with breakfast, washed up, and dressed. Between the Lions comes on then and they watch that while I hop in the shower and get dressed. At 8am, we're getting ready to head out and we're in the car and rolling by 8:15. Jared's school starts at 8:40 so after he goes to class, Sara and I head for her school. Unfortunately, that means going right back past the house but there's not much we can do about that.

After dropping Sara off at her pre-school, I'm off to work for at least eight hours. I'm home by 6:30 or 7 and start on dinner. We try to get the kids in bed by 8 (or 8:30) and then I'm back in front of the computer working on more posts. Bedtime comes around midnight, plus or minus an hour or so.

The weekends are filled with classes, grocery shopping, and the occasional playdate or birthday party. Unfortunately, it doesn't leave a lot of time for fun with the kids. I imagine many parents these days have a similar schedule. Anyone have any tips for increasing family fun time? How do you deal with not being able to see your kids as much as you'd like?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.