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Mom of three and a clinical pharmacist (working the late shift at a hospital).
6:00 a.m.: Grocery shopping. I'm probably the only person that does grocery shopping at 6 a.m., but it's because I get most of my groceries delivered to me using Amazon Fresh. It's a highly reliable service, cost effective and not having to go to the store saves me a ton of time.
6:30 – 8:00 a..m.: The morning rush. Getting three often uncooperative young boys to school is a daily challenge. We are fortunate to be walking distance from our school and we have neighbors going through the same daily grind with similarly aged children. Every morning, my network of four families uses the Kidsanity app to coordinate morning school drop-off. We rotate daily and the app reduces so much stress.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.: Mommy and me. On days when my two youngest boys aren't at day care, I try to spend some one-on-one time with each boy at least once a week. We go to music classes, parks and indoor playgrounds. Sometimes, I think I do this more for me, as it's great having one-on-one time without two other boys competing for my attention.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunchtime. My youngest son is still breastfeeding, but my 4-year-old has an incredibly developed palate. So once a week, I use sites like Eater and Yelp to find healthy and interesting child-friendly restaurants that both he and I will enjoy. When cooking at home, anything that involves melted cheese and pesto is a big hit for my son.
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.: After-school time. My oldest son gets out of school around 2:30 and—similar to school drop-off—my neighbors use the Kidsanity app to coordinate after-school pickup. The family picking up the kids usually takes them to their house where all the kids can hang out and play for a bit. I also use this time to prep dinner.
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Afternoon rush. My oldest son is very active in robotics, sports and music. Just about every weekday involves shuttling him around town to get to class or practice. Because I spend a lot of time waiting around at the activity, I get a chance to catch up on email, phone calls and (if I'm lucky) continuing my binge watching of "The Walking Dead" on my Netflix app.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Dinner. We try to all sit down and have dinner together, which is usually only twice a week because of my work schedule. We cook up what I prepped earlier and we hangout and eat together. We have a strict no iPhone/iPad/computer policy once dinner starts. Establish a rule and enforcing it consistently has helped us manage our kids' technology use and expectations.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Bedtime routines. After dinner, the boys start winding down. They bathe, floss, brush their teeth and floss. We have a nightly ritual where the boys pick a song list that they'd like to wake up to. They share a room and we use a Sonos music player as an alarm clock in the morning. It wakes them every day using the songs they choose. Currently, we have a lot of Bob Marley and Alvin & the Chipmunks playing.
8:30 p.m.: My time. By now, the boys are in bed and done for the day. At that point, I try to sneak in at least one show off of Netflix (either "The Walking Dead" or "Jessica Jones").