Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Our Daily Routine with 3 Children

After months of being off track and having no routine we have finally settled into a routine that works great for our family of 5 including 3 kids with very different needs. My oldest, Alex, is 6 and attends school all day. My middle son, Matisse, is 3 and attends half days. Both Alex and Matisse attend a Montessori school and they are in the same class this year. My youngest, Theo, is 11 months old and stays home with me. With 3 kids our routine often gets a bit (or a lot) off track, but here is our ideal routine on school days, it is what we strive for:

Morning wake-up and getting ready for school 6:30-7:30 am
Everyone wakes up around 6:30 am sometimes even before the alarm but we often have to wake up Alex who is not a morning person. The first ting we do is eat breakfast, then everyone brushes their teeth and gets dressed. My husband leaves home for school with Alex and Matisse at 7:30am and drops them off at 8:00 am. He has always done the drop off (even when I worked) and I a thankful for that!
Theo's playtime 7:30-9:00 am
Theo generally gets hungry for milk as soon as the big boys are out of the house so we nurse for a few minutes. This is the time I play and interact with Theo the most, we do some of the work on his shelf then usually we head outside for some free time and exploration of the backyard. Sometimes we take a job outside too. At this time he is very much into gross motor so he loves going up and down the stairs and walking with the help of his tricycle. He does not need my help so I enjoy observing him, reading a book and drinking my morning cup of tea.
Theo's naptime 9:00-10:30 am
Theo still takes 2 naps a day so this is the time for me to do some cleaning, work and prepare new activities.
Wake up and Matisse school pick up 10:30-11:45 am
We like to cuddle for a little bit when he wakes up and read a couple books. Then he has an early lunch and he feeds himself some solids. Then we leave home to pick up Matisse at school.
Afternoon outing with Matisse and Theo 11:45-1:30 pm
Once I pick up Matisse I ask him where he wants to go. The weather has been amazing lately so we have been going mostly to the park. He likes to pick the same park, the one next to the school. I bring everyone a lunch and we have a little picnic then a lot of play. Once the weather cools down and rainy season is here, we will likely be going to the library, the aquarium or the children's museum.

Drive back home and free play 1:30-3:15 pm
At 1:30pm Theo starts getting tired again so we head back home. He sleeps in the car and usually wakes up when we get home. Once at home we usually play in the backyard which is more exploring for Theo and messy play for Matisse. Also Matisse enjoys play-dough, sensory play and painting at that time.
Alex gets home 3:15-5:30 pm
When Alex joins us at home everyone gets snack. Then Alex usually likes to relax and read or play with his Legos. Matisse and Theo resume their play and eventually Alex joins them outside. Once in a while I invite them to help me prepare dinner. Sometimes they will join me and sometimes not.

Family dinner  5:30-6:30 pm
At 5:30 pm we have our dinner, we eat all together at the dining table with Theo in his high chair as it is important to us to have a family dinner. We also read our questions from the after-school questions jar. At the end of the dinner Theo generally gets a bath and we dress him up in PJs. While he gets his bath the big boys help at the table, they really enjoy cleaning their space with a spray bottle and a wipe and also cleaning Theo's high chair. They also vacuum the floor with a hand held vacuum.
Evening walk 6:30-7:00 pm
Once the dining table is clean and Theo is in his PJs we head out for our walk. Theo rides in his stroller and Alex and Matisse sometimes walk, or bike, or take a scooter. And lately Alex has been taking his brand new telescope to look at the view outside. This is a great time for us to relax, breathe some fresh air, have fun all together and reconnect.

Bedtime 7:00-8:00 pm
As soon as we get home. Theo goes to bed. I still nurse him to sleep so my husband takes care of the boys' bath, teeth brushing and getting into PJs. They also each get to pick a book to read with their dad. When I come out they each get to pick a book to read with me, then Matisse heads to bed. Alex stays up a little longer and generally likes to read or draw and goes to bed at 8:00 pm.

Mom and Dad time 8:00-10:30 pm
Once everyone is in bed we finish any clean up we have to do and chat about our day, then I sometimes do some art while my husband works or we watch a TV show. But this is our quiet time!


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