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I am desperate for some advice on an after school routine. I welcome any and all tips as to how to return home from school with a 7 yo and a 5 yo, get homework, supper and the evening rolling. The problem is every evening they come in rambling from one thing to another. End up fighting, while I am in the process of trying to cook supper, laundry, phone ringing, whatever.

Im at my wits end and the year has only begun. :confused:
Last year when my daughter came home from first grade I had a snack ready and she and my younger daughter (who this year is going to school too, yeah) would go up in our gameroom and watch TV for a little bit. It gave her time to unwind and relax. She didn't always immediately want to talk about her day, so this worked best for us. I also didn't expect her to start homework right after spending 7 hours in school.

While she was watching TV, I went through her backpack and looked at what needed my attention, emptied her lunch bag, etc. Her homework supplies were already in a magnetic bin on the fridge since it's close to the table that she works at. I bought another one for my younger daughter this year. That way I'll be able to keep their stuff separate. Each has their own clip board inside the bin so I can put their papers I need on each to keep track of them as well. While they were still upstairs (and my son was napping) I started dinner and straightened up what I could. Even if I didn't cook it yet, I still got out the pots and pans, plates, ingredients, etc. If there was something I could make ahead of time, I did that then too.

I gave her about an hour or so to watch Tv and then I called her down to do her homework and reading. Somedays we had soccer, and that was quite hectic, but we did it and will do it again this year with two of them and the toddler in tow. We'll see how it works.

I know TV isn't always encouraged, but it worked wonders for my sanity. It gave them downtime and me time to organize so I could handle the chaos. Now with two in school and my son's nap routine changing, things might need an overhaul. School starts Monday, so we'll just have to see.
I let my kids unwind for a little while when they get home from school, have a snack and play, watch tv or whatever. My son is going into 6th grade, so he'll have a lot of homework. He usually does about half before supper then finishes the rest afterward. For a timesaver with supper, try a crockpot. I love mine. I start it it the morning, and supper's ready for us in the evening. As for the phone ringing, don't answer it if you're busy. If I'm busy with my kids, I let the machine pick up and call people back after the kids are settled. I always make sure I'm available to help my kids with their homework in the evening.
good luck!!
My girls are very demanding (yes thats my fault) and they will not just be content watching tv. I am their entertainment. Its now extremly hard to balance! 2nd grade and kindergarden, they go from one thing to another back and forth. Fighting and fussing telling on each other. I follow their lead instead of them following mine. I guess after school routine is the least of what I need huh? Ha! Keep the ideas rolling. Thank you
I agree w/Sannah

Maybe homework would be best for them--one at a time--after school. If you sit down w/each one then you're spending time w/them individually and knocking out homework in the process. Maybe have one of them watch something while you work w/the other one. You'd have to see which one was the better waiter. Then you're attention is on them and you can laugh, discuss, etc. and they've had their fix of you!!

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