Monday, June 28, 2010

Afternoon madness…help please


I have got to find a solution to our afternoon madness. Monkey is 4.25, and Alligator is 17 months today.  Our mornings are pretty much figured out, we work on trays or go on an outing. But I am always home in time for lunch with hubby at 12, and for nap around 1. Alligator takes a nap till about 3ish, and Monkey spends time in his room while I get a rest or get a few things done (ok, so yeah, I mainly rest).


But from about 3 till 5:30 or 6 is the longest part of our day. Both boys are up and I just don’t know what to do with ourselves. I need some sort of afternoon routine, but I am not sure what it should be. We spend the summer evenings in the pool once DH gets home. That is enough pool time for me. It is too hot to spend time outside. Alligator is a little cranky, Monkey is exhausted because he refuses to nap.

Do any of you have an afternoon routine that you wouldn’t mind sharing. I would love to hear it.

I got a great idea to break out a can of biscuit dough this afternoon and let the boys go at it, but it only lasted about 10 min. It took me longer to clean up after it than they played with it.

Suggestions please!

If you want to comment that would be great, or if you want to post a link to a blog post you have written about it that would be great too.



  1. afternoons can be so hard. Have you thought of having like a special toy that has been put up for a while out just at that time. Are you needing time to cook while they are busy?

    Let me think of some ideas and I'll email ya.

    what about activities in a bag for Monkey and Alligator could do like magna doodle or playdoh?

  2. Thanks! We just have no routine what so ever, every day is completely different and it is so hard for me and them. Or, they end up watching tv, which isn't the best for either of them. I like the magna-doodle idea, Alligator would love that!

  3. Long time no post. Everything ok??