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Gretchen

I applaud you for being prudent in scheduling after school activities. Again, I know what's best for every family is different, but when I hear of some of my friends kids--elementary age--up till 11 doing homework, I just cringe. Those babies need their sleep. And as a mom...I do much better with less running around. I'm less of a hag, which is bound to be good for everybody. :)

Kim Feth

Good input. We've just recently had a major family schedule change, and we're trying to wrap our brains around it. I loved your comment @ morning schedule where you read to them during breakfast. I've only got the one, but he has a "required breakfast" to treat his ADD. I never thought about it before, but that would make the mealtime fly by. We're definitely going to give that one a try on Monday.

Kim Feth

Good input. We've just recently had a major family schedule change, and we're trying to wrap our brains around it. I loved your comment @ morning schedule where you read to them during breakfast. I've only got the one, but he has a "required breakfast" to treat his ADD. I never thought about it before, but that would make the mealtime fly by. We're definitely going to give that one a try on Monday.

erin s

Joanne I found it very refreshing reading about your daily routines. Thanks for sharing. I am curious...what do you pack for lunches? I find that task daunting at times. I always pack lunches the night before but it's always the same old stuff!

Misty

I am also interested in what you pack for lunch. I usually send a sandwich for my one that is in school, one morning when DH was gone and I had to take her to school and get everyone around I almost forgot to fix her lunch! I was afraid that sandwiches would get soggy.....also I use a sandwich wrap instead of baggies....

I am working on getting a more organized routine going on! With 4 little ones it needs to happen!

Meredith

With the exception of a few things our afternoon/evening schedule is pretty similar. We like to eat early (5:30) which gives us plenty of family time before bed. Brownies (Abbey) and Book Club (Sarah) are our only after school activities and they're on the same day which helps. And we eat dinner together every night too!

Thanks for sharing. I love seeing what other peoples lives look like!

Joanne (The Simple Wife)

Hi Erin,

I have to say that I really don’t like packing lunches—but I’m too cheap to spring for hot lunch at school! Our school is nut free—so no PB&J for my kids. And they don’t really love sandwiches.

They eat a lot of yogurt, a lot of carrots and sugar snap peas, cheese and crackers, beef jerky, sliced apples, satsumas (in season), granola bars, fruit cups, applesauce, and string cheese. They seem to be happier with lots of little things to choose from.

I have a big basket in the pantry filled with the non-perishable things, I buy small yogurts and put them in the freezer. I’d love to be better about packing up fruit and veggies once a week, but doing it the night before is working for now.

It is mostly the same old stuff around here—but they don’t seem to mind! What same old stuff do you pack?

Joanne

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