Yesterday I posted about the children sapping my energy.
Some days I post to be helpful, some days I post just to rant.
So today I decided to put to good use yesterday’s rant and discuss what we can do to change the situation.
Let’s face it, some days are just going to be awful but my little afternoon session of whining, screaming and wining (that’s not a typo, that’s me on the wine!) is getting out of hand.
My thoughts and suggestions on turning this around also ties in brilliantly with the amazing lady Jude Blereau that I was lucky enough to meet on Sunday at a Thermomix cooking class.
After the class I went home and re-read Wholefood Cooking for Children. The beginning section is well-researched information on the best nutrition for children and an outline on how their little bodies tick.
Jude writes that we should be making the afternoon snack a substantial and nutritious meal for children because that is the time of day when they are ravenous. By five thirty or six o’clock their little bodies are slowing down and beginning to prepare for sleep – which is kind of like trying to make you or I eat at 9pm every night….
The other problem I had was that Leo was going to sleep at 11ish and waking up just after two or sometimes just before school pick up. He is eating lunch at 3pm and dinner at 5:30pm.
So, on the grounds of that fact that the children do my head in at this time of day and then they won’t eat their dinner anyway…..
I am going to change up the routine:
- I am going to give Leo lunch at 11am before he goes to bed;
- Julian and Leo will have a substantial and nutrition-heavy afternoon snack and then I will give them really small plates of dinner or if the snack is big enough, make dinner for Daniel and I after he gets home;
- We will head out for a little while in the afternoon – take the dogs for a walk, stop at a park.
Hopefully the new routine will kill boredom, the begging for snacks, the excess energy to whinge and keep my sanity.
Wish me luck!