Zoom In: What do our afternoons look like?

One of the questions I get asked a lot – like daily, is “how do you do it?”. I generally smile and shrug but I thought it might be fun to share with you guys what it really looks like to do what I do. It might be fun to look back at it one day and show my kids when they are driving their own kids a million miles every day.

I am starting with our afternoons because they are the one thing that causes me the most frustration.

We have 4 kids and 4 different schools and each one end at a different time.

Jack ends 13h40

Kiara ends 13h50

Cameron ends 14h00

Emma ends 17h30

Every afternoon we do a round trip, Jack, Kiara and then Cameron.

Sounds simple BUT it is a 70-80 minute trip for Jack and Kiara so we pack them padkos, which means before we fetch them we either need to make it or buy them something.

Cameron’s school is about 15 minutes from Kiara’s school and then he needs to get to swimming which feels like it is a million miles away (in reality it is 30-35 minutes). So he also needs food. 

When I say he needs food, I am not talking a cute little packet of mini cheddar’s or an apple. He needs a proper high protein and carb kinda meal. So stopping to grab a petrol station pie isn’t ideal (but sometimes a reality). I am rather proud to say that for the last 8 school days I have made all 3 a hot lunch to eat in the car!Afternoon Pick Up - What it really looks like | HarassedMom

Cameron gets dropped off and we go home to cry (from spending almost 2 hours in the car).

Cameron swims every.single.day so every.single.day we drop him at swimming.

Mondays we fetch Kiara last because she has art after school, then she gets dropped at dancing at 15h30

Wednesdays is dancing again so it’s home for a quick change then to dancing.

Thursday’s Jack has soccer from 16h00 – 17h30, Emma has dancing from 17h15 – 17h45 so David handles that.

I fetch Cameron again from his swimming (which is a million miles away from our home, ok it’s not really but in the traffic it takes me 25 minutes to get there. (Again this is ever.single.day.)

Everyone is home by 18h00 with the exception of Monday, K only finishes dancing at 18h15.

Emma gets fetched in between the chaos, normal between 16h30 and 17h00.

It is chaotic and when I have meetings on in the mornings it is a down right mess but everyone (eventually) gets collected, dropped and fed.

What does your afternoon run look like?

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