My kids (dd almost 5 and DS almost 3) go to preschool 2 days per week (it used to be 3), I usually go to the office 2 days and work from home as much as I can the other 3 days...due to our financial situation, I need to pull them out of school (which breaks my heart to no end) for about 6 months or so...that means I will be home with them every.single.day.for.6.months.straight. ACK. How do you all do it and keep your sanity? How structured are your days? What activities do you do to keep everyone busy, especially during the winter months? Help! Also keep in mind that portions of each day I need to focus on work as well. I really relied on preschool for the more extensive arts and crafts and all that, now I need to step up...need suggestions please.Answer Question
Answer by angevil53 at 6:46 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by goldielock37 at 7:42 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
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Answer by seej at 9:23 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
Answer by seej at 9:25 PM on Dec. 9, 2009
First of all, give up on your house being spotlessly clean. I put activities in every corner of my home: i.e., geography corner, paint corner, bug corner, dance/dress up corner, games corner, etc. Your days will be long and you must learn to take naps when they do. LOL. I get kids up at 7am for breakfast, then we do activity corners till 11, lunch (noon til 12:30), brief romp outdoors (1 hr), nap (1 hr), flash cards/interactive video games and then nap around 4:00. This schedule will require a lot of organization on your part, getting accustomed to less sleep, and preparing meals in advance. I work during the wee hours of morning and late evenings. I prepared syllabus for myself to better structure activities for kids and schedules for me. Pretty soon you'll develop your own flow. Definitely increases your patience and tolerance levels.
Answer by Ewadun at 10:19 PM on Dec. 9, 2009