When School Ends, the Day Just Begins, Guest Post by Alexis, The Exhausted Mom
Today I welcome Alexis Prieto, the infamous Exhausted Mom, to share how she manages her exhausting life! She’s a mom we can all relate to, and her posts always make me feel less stressed when I see how she manages with kids, work and a traveling spouse! If Alexis can do it, so can I!
Alexis is a thirty-something mom of two active boys. She is married to a very supportive and hands-on husband who travels A LOT for his business. Alexis has been in education for 12 years as a teacher, educational consultant, program consultant, and tutor.
I rush around all day. Trying to set up a classroom to form the minds of sixteen 6 & 7 year olds on a daily basis; transporting them from one place to another; gulping down lunch all the while being asked to open drinks, chips and wiping hands; and speaking to many parents about the varied issues that come with school. Then I go home.
Here, I am also wrangling children, forming their minds, and transporting them from one place to another. On regular evenings, I mean ones without a sport or activity to attend, we come home for homework, cleaning, cooking, bath time, and bed. Sometime in the midst of all that, I try to find a minute for myself.
Once homework is complete and placed back in backpacks, the kids play for a bit to unwind. This is when I get to work. My first job is to unpack the lunchboxes and prepack them for the next day with the dry food items. Then I start cooking dinner, while I move around doing my daily chore from my chore list.
Once dinner is cooked and eaten, the kids have dessert while I clean up the kitchen (or at least organize it). And then the kids go upstairs to get ready for a shower.
After showering and brushing teeth, the kids put on pjs and lay in bed while I read them a book. Then there is at least quiet in the house so I can finish my cleaning, prepare for the next morning, and sit for a minute to check emails, twitter, and Facebook.
Whew! And all of that is done between the hours of 4:30-8pm!
How do you stay sane with your evenings?