What afterschool play ideas do you do to connect with your tot?

My MO has just started full time school. He’s had a few days of this ….and boy is he tired and cranky when he gets home.

It’s been an adjustment from the carefree days of Summer to the careful and deliberate routine we have to maintain during school term.

The MO is adjusting to a whole load of new things apart from school but country, friends, systems and routines. Along with his big brother they are doing so well considering how stressful moving is. Partly I would put it down to how much we’ve played and laughed together as well as the presence of family. Because boy have we needed to laugh at times otherwise I think we’d have been wailing.

I’ve been keen to keep going with our play activities at home but with two in school I guess I’m feeling again what it is like when you go from one child to two children. You think it can’t be that hard and you’re quite surprised at how things don’t just slot into place. I mean you’ve done this school thing before right?

Well what I failed to account for was how much the dynamics had changed. I now have two very hungry and tired souls to take home. Not feeding the monster quickly leads to roaring monster who brings his twin cousins meltdown and mayhem. Nevermind the activity they had picked or you had picked out to do- no one wants anything to do with anyone else.

Then here comes the witching hour. That lovely time before tea. Those activities you worked on before will not be the same now.

There are also the routines for homework, chores and bedtime. Everything needs an overhaul.

I didn’t anticipate that.

So we’re starting this week with an open mind and some new ideas to try to make playtime and family time work together for all of us.

Photocredit: escape artist *lulu*

What’s been like for you with your next child starting school?

How has this changed your routines and play activities?

Would love to hear your comments

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  1. We hang out and eat snacks and I make my girls have room time to decompress from the day. It seems to be working really well for them. Then, after some time playing or reading, they are refreshed and much more pleasant to be around!

    Melissa
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  2. We hang out and eat snacks and I make my girls have room time to decompress from the day. It seems to be working really well for them. Then, after some time playing or reading, they are refreshed and much more pleasant to be around!

    Melissa
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