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Originally Posted by mely
The boys practices and games are anywhere from 3:30 - 5 to 8-9:30 and every time slot in between. My poor daughter spends so much time in the van and her schedule is just shot because of all of this I know she needs more of a set schedule and a bedtime routine but it's just so difficult with all the running around I do.
I don't know how to be fair to all the kids - to give let the boys do the activities they want to do and still have a stable schedule for the baby
Originally Posted by mamasaurus
Forgive me for asking - I'm sure you've already thought of this - but just in case - any chance on car-pooling for the boys on some days? Perhaps they can go with another family to the practices and games on some days?
It sounds like their practices and games are mainly in the late afternoons/evenings? It sounds like you are almost there with her nap being in the early afternoon - you say that is your goal. Maybe a few tweaks here and there can make it happen more often than not?
I'm not trying to drive you crazy with questions, just trying to think this through, to see if any little ideas will help.
Also, and I hate to say this, but bear with me - I wonder if the boys might have to give up at least one activity each so their sister can get a decent nap and you can have your sanity. A family is a "family", after all. We had to decide just recently to change our 3 year old's schedule to accommodate our baby's nap. The 3 year old had to lose out on some activities, but the baby REALLY needed her nap. And my DH and I need our time alone in the evening, so the girls need to be asleep by 7pm. It's part of the give-and-take of family life. You need a break just as much as your DD needs her rest and your boys need some activities. Maybe you need a family meeting with your boys and explain the situation. They might come up with solutions we haven't thought of yet!