Now I did say I'd be doing all this meal planning on Saturdays - but I've changed that so I can resume going to the Hornsby Farmer's Market on Thursday and getting my hands on some high quality, cheap fruit and veg - rather than expensive supermarket crappy stuff.
So Wednesday will be meal planning day and Thursday will be shopping day.
The next step in getting this disaster zone back on track is written-down routines.
At the suggestion of Miss 5s OT Lady we have, for the last few weeks, had an evening routine that looks something like this...
|The Going To Bed Routine|
The Going To Bed chart has helped massively. Its turned a nightly one hour screamathon (that happened when hubs and I are at our most exhausted) into a workable routine (we do still have blow-ups, but they are comparatively minor).
So I am now expanding this and am making charts for the two other manic times of day...
- Morning routine
- After school routine
These charts will be for the whole family (and dog and chooks!)
Step 2: The Written Down Routines
- Wake up
- Get dressed
- Feed chickens
- Pack away breakfast
- Wash hands and face / brush hair
- Hat / Blazer / Bag/s
- Into Car
After school routine:
- Hang up bags, hats, blazers
- Afternoon tea - chill out time
- Unpack bags
- Homework and diary on desk
- Lunchbox in kitchen
- Pack bags for tomorrow
- Mum getting dinner ready
- Kids doing their assigned chore
- Free time
- Feed Dog
- Pick up Daddy
- Start Going to Bed routine