I get asked time and time again how I manage to leave the house every day with three kids and how is it I can find ways to keep them entertained during these long winter months. First, coffee. After that, I’m go, go, go in order to keep me sane. Here’s a sample timeline from the start of the day till the Giant gets home from work.
6:30am-Cole wakes and the other two typically minutes after. The Giant will typically get them started with breakfast while I stay in bed for another 10
7:30am-Kids finishing off breakfast and changed
7:45am-I hit the shower, typically with Cole in the bathroom with me. Make-up and hair while the kids are watching tv or playing downstairs and Cole is with me destroying the bathroom.
9am-By this time, either Cole naps at home or if I’m heading to the city, Cole will nap in the car during this time. If he naps at home, I have some extra time to continue getting ready. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Littel G has preschool so I’ll be leaving at 8:55am to take him to school.
10am-12pm-This is when I have to find creative ways to keep the crazies entertained. I get asked A LOT what is it I do. It’s usually the followings.
- playdates about 2-3x a week
- go into the city to ride the”L” train (super cheap)
- indoor play places
- take them out for a walk or play outside. even if it’s only for 30 minutes, it helps breaks up the day
- mall to let them run around the play area
- train station by us and eat lunch there while waiting for the trains to go by
1pm-nap time. I sometimes nap with them too. If I’m not, I’m for sure relaxing because I’m mentally beat by now
3pm-leave the house again and keep them entertained till the Giant comes home from work at 5:30pm.
Hope this timeline makes sense and is somewhat helpful. This is just a tiny glimpse on how I manage my crazy life. I can’t stress it enough, it’s MORE stressful for me to be at home with three kids than to be out and about. I’m either cleaning more or they’re fighting. No thank you! It’s VERY rare but I do sometimes stay home (bad weather, sickness, etcand when I do, I’m not ashamed to admit this but the television will have to do to entertain themI’m open to ideas on what works for you moms as well! Would love to hear how you amazing moms out there does it!
Growing up in the city my entire life, my family and I took the train everywhere. That was our only form of transportation until my dad can afford a car. I took public transportation all the way till my early 20’s till I can afford a car of my own. After that, I made as little public transportation as possible. Both Little G and LWG are OBSESSED with trains. I think it stems from me taking Little G on so many train rides throughout the city when he was a very young toddler. Early exposure is my thinking. Never in my life would I ever think we’ll be riding on sooooo many trains just for fun. So on days where we don’t have plans, we go into the city just to ride trains. Little G is on a mission to travel on every “L” line in Chicago. He owns the Blue Line and is asking Santa for Pink, Green, and Red line trains. He’s ridden on all of those, so he’s asking for the toy trains as well. Lol. Such a fun and cheap way to entertain these kids!