Heading back to work after my year long sabbatical looking after Erin is looming. I am looking forward to teaching, today I have been writing lesson plans and it reminds me how much I do love teaching. The marking is of course another issue!
This week is preparation week as I march around the house like the head of some gestapo camp, informing everyone in the household that things are going to change. Mum is no longer going to be following the children around, picking up their trail of mass destruction. A new era is dawning! I have been subtly retraining the older two, Chloe can now use the oven, she also has been washing up more frequently.
Getting out of the house by 7.40 was always doable it just took organisation. However that was in the days of having two children going in the same direction. Now it’s three and they each head off in different directions. One to big school, one to the childminders and one to nursery.The husband is no help as he leaves before 7 and therefore doesn’t usually even see the children in the mornings.
My tips for making this work:
1. Each child knows what they have to do in a specific order and they are not allowed to deviate from it!
2. I pack up lunch boxes the night before, sandwiches are made and stored in the fridge
3. Clothes are chosen for Erin and me the night before and hung up ready.
4. The children make their own breakfasts and Chloe washes up the breakfast things before she catches her bus.
Chloe will try to forget her jobs or come up with reasons why she couldn’t wash up, for example the water is too hot or her hands are dry. Thankfully those issues have been eradicated by bizzybee who sent useful moisturising gloves which are a dream to wash up with and clothes that make the job prettier and easier!
Dylan loads up the car with the bags and makes sure we are ready to go. The best way to make sure they don’t forget to do their chores is that I forget their pocket money if they do. So far it’s worked.
Good luck to all us working mums next week when the mayhem starts again. I will be looking forward to my glass of wine once they are back in bed! And thanks to Bizzybee for sending me some practical bits and bobs to get the house ship shape before the craziness of term time takes over.
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