Wow! That's a hard question! I think that having 4 kids is a challenge right there because I have just one. But to be general, I do stuff at night to make mornings smooth, lay out clothes, have backpacks ready (or diaper bags), know what I am doing for breakfast. I used to put DS in some of his "school clothes" the night before because dressing him in am was such a nightmare! Just shirt, then at least that was done. Know what you are having for dinner, plan your menus a week ahead, then it won't be a mystery at 4 pm. Have a set place for everything, and keep everything it its place. Then you aren't wondering where to find stuff. I used to do one load of laundry every day. With four kids, maybe they can help with folding and putting away? Also, don't aim to be perfect, it won't ever happen. Good enough is OK, what kids really need/want is a happy mother who can spend some time with them each day!
at 11:11 AM on May. 13, 2011