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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.

So, you think my routine to get ready for morning madness is crazy like in my last post about planning ahead?  Just check out my day after school!

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.

We begin our evening with hand washing and a snack.  Then off to the dining room table for the dreaded homework.  As a teacher, I see the benefit; as a parent, it’s a chore!

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?

Be sure to visit Alexis at TheExhaustedMom.com, Twitter.com/TheExhaustedMom, Facebook.com/TheExhaustedMom

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  1. alison 11 September, 2011 at 21:48 Reply

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

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