So many people have said “I don’t know how you do it all” to me and quite frankly, I don’t think I do. There once was a time I over-stressed about trivial things and tried to make my house look perfectly clean at all times. It was killing me. I decided I had to cut back and focus on the necessities and ask for help where needed. I’m not super mom and I’m OK with that.
Reading about other busy mom’s routines is something I’m always interested in, so I’ve partnered with Adidas to share my evening routine for working moms with you, plus a few hacks I’ve adopted over time.
Evening Routine for Working Moms
5:45p-6p: I get home from work and relieve my babysitter.
6:00p: The three of us (because there is no privacy with kids) head into my bedroom so I can get changed out of my work clothes and into workout clothes. If I don’t change into a workout outfit right away, the chances start decreasing that I’ll actually complete said workout.
6:10p: We head back to the kitchen to prepare/finish up a quick dinner. Sometimes I’ll have chicken in the crockpot and just have to make a side. The 90 second rice pouches and buttered noodles are favorites with my kids.
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While we’re finishing up dinner prep, Isabella will help pack up her lunchbox for the next day. Sunday’s I meal prep and make 5 PBJs to freeze for the week. This cuts down so much time from my morning routine.
6:20/6:30p: We sit down to eat together and talk about our days. Isa talks about school, the letter/number of the day and what friends she played with that day. Gabriel tells me if he went shopping with the babysitter or hung out at the park. Now that school is back in session, library time will be starting back up for him.
6:45/6:50p: The kids help take the plates over and put into the dishwasher. While I wash up the few pots and pans, they will go play. A few nights a week I’ll pull out the vacuum and do a quick run through the kitchen and living room. We have a house cleaner come once a month for deep cleans.
7:00p: I’ve started alternating bath nights for the kids. Isa gets a shower one night and G will get a bath the next night. Afterwards, we play a game (you can see our favorite family games here), work on letter and number writing practice or play around for a bit.
7:30/7:45p: It’s pajama time and we watch TV together until G goes to bed.
8:00p: Gabriel and I go to his room for a story, rocking and lights out.
8:12p: Back to the couch to cuddle with Isa.
8:20p: Story time with Isa, lights out and lay with her until she falls asleep. (She’s my scared kid and hates to be alone.)
9:30p: Shower at night, saving time in the morning.
9:45/10-11p: Check emails, catch up on social media and prepare any posts for upcoming deadlines.
My days can seem long and hectic, however, if ever I feel like I’m running ragged, I’ll stop and take a break. Week days are usually all business, but I spend most of my non-work time with the kids. They help in the kitchen and with cleanup so that we have a little extra time for just fun. We thrive on routine, but can also deviate when needed. I can’t begin to do it ALL, but I do enough and it works for us.
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