Friday, August 29, 2008
When you have children, especially a handful of them, it's wise to plan ahead!!! I learned from a fellow teacher, Dianne, in Irving, TX in 1995 to PLAN AHEAD. I would run off worksheets 3 weeks in advance because of her guidance. Therefore, I was always prepared for unexpected illness, etc.
I try to do the same thing with our household! Granted, our laundry to-be-ironed pile is often high, but I try to do other things early. Yesterday, I went ahead & bathed the 2 youngest children at 3pm. When the triplets came home, the 2 little ones were scrubbed clean and in their pajamas! It allowed me to focus on the triplets for a while, and we even played a board game after dinner!
Once they walked in the door, I fed them their snacks and unpacked and RE-PACKED their lunch bags. Yes, always pack your lunches the night before! I put them in the refrigerator overnight & add frozen yogurt, ice packs, and water bottles the next morning. After their snacks, I went ahead & bathed them as well! By dinner time, all of the children in their pajamas! My friend, B, has always been really good at the early baths.
I try to stay on top of my laundry, and I wash several loads a day. I purposefully don't have laundry baskets so that all dirty clothes go straight to our laundry room. I will put away clothes while watching children in the bath. So, I started yet another load just before reading with the children.
As soon as they were in bed, I filled out all forms and put them back in their folders in their backpacks. I try to fill out forms immediately & send them right back in so that they are not lost in a pile of papers!
Those are some tips from today from a mama of trips plus two!