The Bed time routine…
Ok, so people ask me about this a lot. “How do you get them all to bed” and “how do you find time to clean round with 7 kids”. It’s very simple it’s all just routine. I’m going to give you a little insight to how I do it. Hopefully you will find this helpful if your trying to start a routine of your own.
So let’s take it from dinner time. I think dinner time should be a time for conversation, I try to cook meals that all the family can enjoy together. That way we can sit and talk about our days, the children take it in turns to talk about their day and we all sit and listen. It’s really nice to hear about the good and bad parts of everyone’s day and I find it helps children to learn to have a conversation without interrupting each other. As you can imagine having 7 children all talking at once would be very loud, I find this really helps.
After dinner clean up…
I wipe down all the children and whilst the little ones play with their toys the older children help out with the dishes. Jasper clears the table for me whilst I clean the kitchen and Jessica rinses the dishes whilst Chloe loads the dishwasher. They are my superstar helpers, I find it very important to give children a small job within the home it helps them to understand that working as a team is always the best way forward.🌟
Bath time fun…
So the best time of day for the babies is bath time they love it, we have a bath and a shower so I bath the babies first Arthur, Rupert and Ralph they have bubbles and toys and jugs to make bath shakes… They would spend hours in there if I let them, I always have pj’s in the bathroom ready for when I get the babies out so they are not left unattended, I get Arthur out first then dry and dress him I then get Rupert out dry and dress him, then lastly I get Ralph out he go’s into his bed room to dry off and put his pj’s on. The older children then take it in turns to shower while I take the babies down stairs for quite time and milk.
Once the older children are all washed and dried they come down also, they all have milk and a biscuit and settle down for some TV time, Arthur has a story and a cuddle then goes to bed at around 6:30 / 7:00 he self settles and is always asleep within 5 minutes of being in his cot . Rupert is usually having a story with Layla by the time I come back down the stairs, if you know Layla you will know she always has a book in her hand, she loves to read to the little ones and they love to listen.
By this point the big girls ( Chloe & Jessie ) have gone up stairs to do their home work or read, I then set the younger children up at the table where they take it in turns to read to me. They have the choice to read quietly to themselves or listen to one another.
Once every one has read they get to watch tv until 7:45-8:00. They then go off upstairs to brush their teeth and there off to bed. Rupert usually gets up 2 or 3 times, the first time he gets up I just pop him back to bed I kiss him and say goodnight. The second time I put him back to bed and say goodnight, if he gets up again I just pop him back in to bed and I don’t say anything. He then self settles and sleeps through the night. A lot of the time little ones will try to interact with you, it’s important after the second time you put them down that you don’t interact with them.
I kiss all children good night and go down stairs. I then start my cleaning, I make packed lunch, lay the table for breakfast and get some more washing done. Chloe and Jessica occasionally come down and just sit quietly until there bed time of 9 o’clock. I usually get all my jobs done by 9:30 then I sit down with a cuppa and my husband gets home from work.
Thank you for reading my post
Love Kathleen xxxx