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pullupinthekitcheninmyheels · 14/10/2018 14:29

What time do they go to bed, and what do you do when they are finally in bed and you have a bit of time to yourself?

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StormcloakNord · 14/10/2018 14:30

Usually study, or watch TV/play games with DP. Or we'll read, or have a couple gins.

StormcloakNord · 14/10/2018 14:31

Oh and DD whose 4 goes to bed at 7pm!

RainbowBriteRules · 14/10/2018 14:32

Housework, laundry, clear up the chaos from the day. Despair of the state of my house. Prep stuff for the next day. Faff on MN when I should be tidying. Basically I tidy then collapse into bed. I would so love to just sit and watch telly but can’t imagine ever doing that as the house is constantly such a mess and I wouldn’t be able to relax.

PristineCondition · 14/10/2018 14:32

My 7 yr old goes at 8
16 yr old at 10 (if a school night)

What is this alone time you speak offGrin

Ive started to get up an hour before everyone else so I can have a tea, watch the news browse trash on the net

WhatHaveIFound · 14/10/2018 14:33

It depends if my DH is home. If he is we generally talk or watch TV, if not then i'll be working at my computer.

DC go to bed around 9.30/10pm and i generally go to bed around midnight.

RainbowBriteRules · 14/10/2018 14:33

Time, younger DC any time from 8pm, usually asleep by 8:30 but not always. Older usually in bed for 8:30 then puts themselves to sleep.

Amanduh · 14/10/2018 14:43

Ds is 22 months and is asleep by 7.30. Watch tv, chat, bath, book, few drinks at weekend.

Funkyslippers · 14/10/2018 14:46

DD2 (9) in bed by 8.30 but still awake at least an hour later so we're often going up to her room to try and get her to go to sleep! I usually watch TV with DD1 (15) or OH till DD1 goes to bed around 9.30 on a school night. I then watch more 'adult' TV till 10 or read then I usually go to bed and read for a while - I'm usually up pretty early so don't like to stay up late

Aquamarine1029 · 14/10/2018 15:05

When my children were little (they are adults now), I developed a routine where I would devote one hour to housework after they went to bed. I firmly believe that a messy, dirty house ushers in a tremendous amount of stress into our lives, and one of my biggest peeves is waking up to disorder. It ruins my day before it even begins.

I would take that hour and do any necessary pick-up, make sure the kitchen was completely clean, and do any laundry I wasn't able to manage during the day.

After that one hour, it was wine and movie/reading time.

RainbowBriteRules · 14/10/2018 15:10

That is a great habit. My problem is that 1 hour doesn’t touch the sides. There is so much crap and clutter everywhere I can’t even tidy in 1 hour and everything seems to need to be kept.

SoyDora · 14/10/2018 15:13

Mine are in bed for 7.30. I have a quick tidy up if needed then basically relax with DH! Read my book, have a bath, watch a film etc. I’m making the most of it before DC3 comes along.

Gammeldragz · 14/10/2018 15:13

Nothing except go on my phone or watch something with DH, unless I have studying to do. I'd love to have the energy for housework by that point but it's never been part of my routine, so I don't.
DCs are 12, 11 and 8 and on school nights it's PJs and teeth at 8, I read them a story and they are in bed for 9. Asleep is another matter...

kazwelch · 14/10/2018 15:30

My 14 year old goes to bed at 10pm now. But when he was younger her went to bed at 9.00pm

Lazypuppy · 14/10/2018 15:54

9 month old goes to bed at 7pm.then we normally watch tv, or i go swimming

PotteringAlong · 14/10/2018 15:56

Work usually - mark books, prep lessons or watch TV / sort the washing out / make tea for the next day maybe.

mindutopia · 14/10/2018 15:59

Lately we mostly get a shower and go to bed too. But normally we do a bit of work (I’m on mat leave but not really, so...and dh is self employed so always does admin stuff after bedtime). On Fridays and Saturdays, we usually have our own dinner together and wine (and no work), except for lately when we mostly just go to bed.

mindutopia · 14/10/2018 16:00

*I should add that both dc usually in bed by 8 ish.

dontknowwhattodo80 · 14/10/2018 16:00

DS2 goes to bed at 8/8.30 ( nearly 10). DS1 goes to bed at 10pm ( 15 yrs)

Normally don't do much apart from watch TV. In bed by 11pm

BitchQueen90 · 14/10/2018 16:08

I'm a single parent so I have no company after DS is in bed. I do housework in the evenings so I can have weekends free. I do a different room every evening, usually takes me to about 9pm and then I read or watch TV/browse the internet. Go to bed between 10-10.30.

Tryagaintomorrow · 14/10/2018 16:09

Eat dinner and fall asleep on the sofa.
Currently 5 months preg. Or it would be a nice big glass of wine too :)

MismatchedStripySocks · 14/10/2018 16:09


FourEyesGood · 14/10/2018 16:12

Marking and lesson planning. In the summer holidays, I watch films.


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Littlecaf · 14/10/2018 16:12

DC in bed by 7.30, so while DP cooks, I tidy, put washing away, prep bags for next day etc. We eat about 8, then it’s TV, film, read, might go to the gym/swim for one of us, then bed about 10.30pm.

Crackedvase · 14/10/2018 16:13

Bedtime is 7pm for 3yo. 9pm for 12yo
18yo retires to her room around 9pm.
We blitz the house after dinner (5pm) then we have relax time from 8pm onwards.

BrickByBrick · 14/10/2018 16:14

' Pulls up a comfy sofa for the parents of DC with autism '

We don't have time after they have gone to bed, dc is always awake till late. I often go to bed at the same time , once he is in bed we are simply too exhausted.

Such is life.

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