I have opted out of the rat race. It just all got too much, teaching GCSE and A Levels alongside my own broken children. Hospital visits became tiring and I felt like nobody was winning. Now my days are filled with keeping on top of the housework, helping our children with their homework and projects and taking them to their various after school activities and I am loving it. The house is calmer, this weekend I ran between helping Chloe with homework, designing a holiday leaflet with Dylan and sorting Erin out with her demands. We even had time to go out for a walk in the afternoon. the landscape used to be very different with both Lee and I needing to do our prep and marking. Teaching is such a worthwhile job but right now our children need my attention more.
My darling husband now thinks that my days are endless coffee mornings and watching daytime TV. He is so wrong but I am enjoying the slower pace and the opportunity to walk the children to school and then go for a quick run all before 9.30.
Yet 3.30pm can be a different kettle of fish. It gets noisy and busy and some evenings are so full on that I am still pulling my hair out. Take Monday afternoons / evenings that go a little bit like this.
1. 2.50 walk to school to collect Erin
2. Get home and provide cuddles and snacks.
3. 4.00pm Dylan arrives home after Choir practise and he needs a meal before going to Football training at 6pm
4. Collect Chloe from her school ( a drive away) at 5pm and take her staright to ance school.
5. Get back home at 5.20 and ensure Dyl is ready and feed Erin.
6. Collect Dylan at 7.30
7. chloe home at 8.45pm and feed her.
As you can tell it’s busy and I know that this is the case for many parents. That’s why I am glad Birdseye gives parents a helping hand by making dinner times easier when needed. Here Erin shares our family routine in a little vlog.
My three all have different tastes too and with help from Birdseye I can create the base meal and dress it with their favourites. Here they are eating Fish from the Inspirations range and croquettes. My freezer is stocked with Birdseye Frozen Veg like sweetcorn and peas this means I can create a healthy dinner in a matter of 20 minutes when time is precious. Each child helps along the way as said in the vlog. Chloe will choose to have salad with hers.
Whilst Dylan will always opt for baked beans.
As Erin said in the vlog her choice will be vegetables and especially brocolli which is her favourite.
What could Birdseye do to make life even easier, well according to Erin it is to make cakes too! This post is an entry for #Afterschoolchefs Linky Challenge Afterschool Chefs sponsored by Birds Eye. Learn more on the Bird Eye Facebook Page.” and linking to http://bit.ly/afterschoolchefs My advice would be that busy parents need a drawer like this in their freezer and then dinner time really is easy for those busy evenings.
disclosure: I received vouchers for Birdseye food to try the range but thoughts, opinions and photography is my own.