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#1 Aimless

Posted 29 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

I'm curious to know what full-time parents' morning and evening schedules are with their school-aged children, and was wondering if anyone would like to share.

How old are your children? What time do you wake up in the morning? How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? How far do you drive to drop them off at school?

In the evenings, what time do you come home? Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care? Do you make dinner for the family? Homework? Sports activities? Making lunches? When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed?

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? Are there any chores that you do at night after work?

How tired are you? Or do you feel like you're ok?

#2 bluecardigans

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

How old are your children? 4 & 12

What time do you wake up in the morning?  6

How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? I usually leave 2hrs, but that includes time to fold some washing, sit down with a cup of coffee.  I can do it in 30 min if I have to.  

How far do you drive to drop them off at school?  Walk a few kms

In the evenings, what time do you come home? Home by 6:30pm

Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care? After school care/daycare

Do you make dinner for the family? Yes

Homework? Yes

Sports activities? Yes

Making lunches? In the morning

When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed? 7:30. They are usually both up until 8:30/9.

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? A few hours.  every month or so I will do a big clean.

Are there any chores that you do at night after work? Washing, sweeping, mopping, tidying up toys

How tired are you? Or do you feel like you're ok? Ok most of the time.

Edited by Display anemone, 29 January 2013 - 06:32 PM.


#3 ~Bean~

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

QUOTE (Aimless @ 29/01/2013, 06:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm curious to know what full-time parents' morning and evening schedules are with their school-aged children, and was wondering if anyone would like to share.

How old are your children?  I have one child who is 8.

What time do you wake up in the morning? I wake at 6.00am most mornings.

How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? It takes approximately an hour, although I let Bean sleep until 6.45am as she has her lunch ready the night before.

How far do you drive to drop them off at school?  I drop her 900m up the road to before school care at 730am

In the evenings, what time do you come home? I finish work at 3.15pm each day.

Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care?  It's a combination of picking up and her walking home

Do you make dinner for the family?  I cook dinner every night.

Homework? Bean completes her homework while having a snack in the afternoon.

Sports activities? Sports is karate 3 afternoons a week. She also is in the school band, which practices on wednesday afternoons.

Making lunches?  Made the night before.

When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed? I sit down at about 8.30 after karate, dinner and my own exercise time.

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? Are there any chores that you do at night after work?  House work gets done on Friday evenings if I am not out. I don't like my weekend being consumed by housework, if possible.

How tired are you? Or do you feel like you're ok? I am tired, I am going to get tested for sleep disorders shortly, as it is affecting me at work. I do however, feel I am managing ok, my tiredness is beyond normal tired.



#4 Coffeegirl

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:48 PM

Ok. i've done this as both fulltime and parttime employee so here goes

How old are your children? 9 & 12

What time do you wake up in the morning? 7

How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? I like an hour to an hour and a 1/2 (time for breakfast and a cup of coffee, start a load of laundry etc) but I can do it in 30 min if I have to.

How far do you drive to drop them off at school? Drive 10-15 minutes. Two drop offs and pick ups this year!

In the evenings, what time do you come home? FT. 5:30-6pm,  PT. 3:30pm

Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care? FT After school care.  PT I pick up or arrange another mum if I have to work back.

Do you make dinner for the family? Yes

Homework? Yes

Sports activities? Yes - sometimes DS will go straight from school to a sport with a other mum.

Making lunches? In the morning, but we are going to trial the kids doing them, themselves in the evening this year.

When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed?  FT 7:30. PT 6:30-7, but I am still working a bit as I check orders and emails on my ipad infront of the telly.  Both are up until 8:30/9.

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? A few hours. every month or so I will do a big clean.

Are there any chores that you do at night after work?   Kitchen & dishes, laundry (folding/ironing), quick sweep

How tired are you? Or do you feel like you're ok? When FT, I was pretty tired, but now PT, I'm back at the gym and feeling pretty good original.gif

I tend to use the timer on the wash machine a lot.  Load it in the morning and set it to start and finish just before I get home.  Then hang it out in the summer - depending on heat, it can be dry before bed or I'll take off in the mornining or next afternoon.  In the winter, I'll run the dryer after 10pm (cheaper original.gif )

#5 .Jerry.

Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:55 PM

How old are your children? 7

What time do you wake up in the morning? 5

How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? I get up, shower, eat breakfast, do any jobs needed and relax before 6.30am.  Then Molly and DP wake and I help get Molly ready.  I get her brekky and dress her.  I leave for work at between 7am and 7.15. By then Molly is dressed and eating brekky.  DP brings her to school (where I work).

How far do you drive to drop them off at school? Molly attends the school where I work.  DP drops her off.

In the evenings, what time do you come home? Home by 5pm usually, 5.30pm on Mondays.

Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care? Molly comes home with me.  Does after school activities Monday, hangs around at office Tuesday, DP picks her up Wed, Thurs, home with me Fri.

Do you make dinner for the family? Mon, Tues only - but I cheat.  I cook Sunday with leftovers for the next few days usually.  

Homework? Yes

Sports activities? No - only one at school once a week.

Making lunches? In the morning

When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed? 7pm usually, sometimes earlier.

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? I do the cleaning on Saturday morning - just an hour or two.

Are there any chores that you do at night after work? Loads of washing, picking up junk, but no proper cleaning.

How tired are you? Or do you feel like you're ok? Ok mostly, but exhausted by end of term.


#6 cesca

Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

I just started working full time again last week, after 10 years of part-time/SAHM stuff!  It's a whole new world out there, but fortunately it's all going very well so far.  original.gif

How old are your children?  9 and 10

What time do you wake up in the morning? 7 ish

How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? An hour. I shower, dress, get my breakfast, surf the net (YES!), make lunches. Kids get up, get dressed, get their breakfast.  It's all pretty easy so far.

How far do you drive to drop them off at school? Don't drive.  We leave around 8.15am, walk to school (takes 15 - 20 mins).  I then either walk (20 mins) or bike (10 mins) to work, getting in to start at 9am.

In the evenings, what time do you come home? I finish work, pick the kids up from after school care (unless someone else has) and we walk home.  Get home by 6.

Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care? Tues, Wed, Thurs they're at after school care until 5.30.  Fridays their Dad picks them up, Mondays we have a teenager who picks them up and brings them home to hang out.

Do you make dinner for the family? Yes, every day at the moment, but I'm planning to spread it out amongst the family, as I don't want to do it all!

Homework? I guess so.  Haven't had that yet, so no routine set.  I guess I'll get them to do whatever is required after dinner.

Sports activities? Swimming at 5pm on the day the teenager brings them home.  Pool is over the road so the 9 year old can get herself there.

Making lunches? In the morning

When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed? I'm always sitting down and relaxing.  It's my number one priority.  biggrin.gif

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? Gah.  Just the bare basics.  Hate cleaning.  Half hour if that.  I'm currently trying to ignore all cleaning in the hopes that DH will get frustrated and do it all himself.  wink.gif   Besides, I work every second weekend (get time off in the week instead).

Are there any chores that you do at night after work? Just the dishes.  Sometimes.

How tired are you? It's only been a week so far, but it's fine.  I'm pretty laid back as a person so I'm hoping it will go smoothly.

#7 Bob-the-skull

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

I was full time but have cut back to part time now because we weren't coping... but i still work 5 days a week

How old are your children? 5 and 8 (8yr old with ASD)
What time do you wake up in the morning? children are up from 7ish, i am awake from that time and do computer/budget/bill things til 7.45 when i get up
How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? boys are pretty good at getting themselves ready with reminders from me from the bedroom, it takes me about 20min to get up and ready to take them to school or about 40min if i prepare for work before taking them to school
How far do you drive to drop them off at school? about 5 minutes, or about 15/20 if we walk which we try to do most days

In the evenings, what time do you come home? i get home anywhere between 6 and 8.30pm
Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care? they go to oshc every day, generally exDP or DP do the pick ups
Do you make dinner for the family? some nights i do if i am home early enough, otherwise DP generally cooks, or the nights i work really late they have dinner with their dad
Homework? done at oshc
Sports activities? we do karate once a week which makes tuesdays a nightmare rush but DS2 loves it
Making lunches? in the morning
When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed? i try and do a general tidy after dinner such as loading the dish washer but after bed is MY time!

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? Are there any chores that you do at night after work? generally one morning a weekend the boys and i do a house clean, but as we aren't home the house isn't usually to bad...

How tired are you? Or do you feel like you're ok? i was dead on my feet full time as we were up at 6 and gone by 7am, part time i am ok



#8 knittingkitten

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:13 AM

How old are your children? 4 & 7.5

What time do you wake up in the morning? 7

How long does it take to get yourself and your family ready? An hour, less if necessary.

How far do you drive to drop them off at school? 5 minutes bus to daycare. Husband walks DD to school (5mins)

In the evenings, what time do you come home? DS and I are home by 5:45pm. Husband and DD home by 6.15

Do you pick your kids up from school, or from an alternate care? After school care/daycare

Do you make dinner for the family? Yes

Homework? Yes

Sports activities? Grandparents take them to swim classes on Wed afternoon. Soccer on Saturday

Making lunches? In the morning

When do you finally sit down and relax after the kids have gone to bed? 7:30-8pm.

How much time do you devote on the weekends for chores like vacuuming, mopping, etc? As little as I can get away with

Are there any chores that you do at night after work? Washing, pack dishwasher

How tired are you? Or do you feel like you're ok? Ok most of the time.


#9 Overtherainbow

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

I have 3 in primary school.

Our day starts at 6:30 and we all leave at 7:30.  Kids are with me at work before school and after school.  DH picks them up from me around 5 and starts cooking tea, I try to leave work by 6.  Leave at 5, two days for sports and work while kids are doing sport.

Kids do homework while at work.  I keep a fruit bowl on my desk and snacks in my cupboard for them.  I have a container with stationery for them too.

Washing is done throughout the week and things get tidied.  We have cleaning wipes in bathroom and use shower spray so keep on top of things during the week.

Weekend brings more sport and doing floors and catching up with any cleaning missed.  I usually work a half day on the weekend, more in busy times.  I also work once kids are in bed while dh tidies kitchen.

Lunches are done the night before.

DH and I work as a team.  His job is more set in hours with less overtime and more flex for attending school events which is great for him.  He does a lot at home.

I have a medical condition that increases fatigue and I tend to work 50-60 hour weeks so I do get exhausted.  I try and sleep in one weekend day.  I also have one day off per week where I work from home which gives me the chance to catch up on washing while I work.

Life is busy but manageable.  Kids do 3 sports and an instrument.




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