On Mondays I am going to have tips on what has worked for me with my many kids. I have received emails about my daily schedule and so I am going to go in order every Monday. Please comment with anything that you do or don't do or if this has helped you so we all can benefit from everyone's experiences.
7-8 Breakfast, practicing letters and morning review of the day.
8-9 Morning Task Sheet, get ready basically tidy up and morning chores.
9-10 Free Play w/Mom - No chore time slot...you will be amazed how much your kids will love this!
10-11 Quiet Activities
11-11:30 Clean Up
12:30-3:00 Nap/Rest Time
3:30-4:00 Read Books
4:00-5:00 Shake Sillies Out
5:00-5:30 Wash Up and Set the Table, Quick Pick Up
6: 15 - 8pm Daddy Check List
I have gone into detail every Monday what works for me. I try not to take my kids grocery shopping because its not fair for them to be thrown into a cart and shh'd while I get my stuff done. My favorite time to grocery shop is 6am. I wake up at 5:45 with a list and go before everyone wakes up. I take my time and I am not being rushed. I also am not having to walk around other people because the store is virtually empty. I can get everything done and be home before breakfast. I usually shop 2x a month. I said that before here. If you are not a morning person like me...go once the kids are down for bed. I have even gone during the Daddy time slot. What is nice about doing it during the Daddy time slot is that you know he is getting the time he needs with the kids and that everything is getting done and once you get home you are free to do whatever you want once that HUGE errand is done and the kids are finished and in bed! If this still doesn't work for you try taking one kid early on Saturday morning while the hubs has the others. It is amazing how much time and money you can save just by planning ahead. The main reason I shop 2x a month is to SAVE TIME AND MONEY!
I am a planner. I know this is so shocking to you! If I need to run to Joann's or somewhere for something obscure like that cute bag at Target I try and do it on the day I have the least amount of kids. If I have one kid at Tot School or Pre School...that is when I run the errand. I try my hardest to do all of the errand doing on one day because I like my schedule. I really truly try and stick to it as much as possible. My schedule is what works for me. You can alter yours how ever you'd like. That is the beauty of it.