Routine with a Toddler (1 year, 8 months), Preschooler (age 4.5) and Elementary School Kid (6.5)

What a daily routine with 3 kids looks like. This is our daily routine with a toddler, a preschooler and an elementary school kid. It’s a busy day with three kids but there are ways to simplify that I share below. Note: It’s been the longest time since I shared one of these posts and it seems like as good a time as any. Here’s a typical weekday for us. 

Daily Routine with 3 Kids: Morning

6:30 a.m. Baby and I are awake in bed. I avoid getting up for a bit until eventually I acquiesce as the rest of the family is waking up. 

7:00 a.m. I’m up and in the kitchen- finishing packing up lunch for 6 year old N, then going to make sure he is going to be out the door on time. We use this morning routine chart.

7:15 a.m. Daddy M takes N to the bus stop. I continue in the kitchen- filling water bottles, packing 4 year old B’s lunch, then making breakfast for Little B, Baby A and myself. 

8:00 a.m. I eat, get myself and Baby A dressed, finish packing up the stroller with snacks, diaper bag and whatever else we need for the day, and sometime in the next half hour, leave the house. 

walking to school
walking to school

8:50 a.m. Drop off Little B at school. This time is highly variable, based on whether we walked/scooted/drove. Then I’m off for my morning activity: errands, play date, story time, PTA meeting etc. 

Afternoon with 3 Kids

12:00 p.m. Also highly variable, but I try to return home around this time. If I’m lucky, Baby A fell asleep in the stroller and will stay there for her nap. If not, I put her to bed at home. I get myself lunch and try to do some (quiet) stuff around the house or relax for a bit. 

1:30 p.m. Baby A is awake and hungry. I get her lunch and sit with her while she makes a mess. 

2:00 p.m. I start to get ready to leave the house. I grab snacks for the kids, and often a scooter to take to N. We make our way down to the bus stop and wait anywhere from 2 to 20 minutes.

2:40 p.m. N gets off the school bus, and we head to the car or if I brought his scooter we start walking toward Little B’s school. 

3:10 p.m. We arrive at Little B’s school, but he’s not done for another 20 minutes, so we do some homework, or go play in the gym for a bit. (This only really happens twice a week, because the other 3 days are all different- soccer, afterschool, and early dismissal change it up). 

3:30 p.m. B is done and we have to go home. The 20 minute walk takes us a minimum of 30 minutes and usually 40!

after school – messes everywhere!

4:10 p.m. We are finally home! Kids are hungry! Baby A is the only one happy; she’s excited to play with her big brothers. After two intense hours out of the house I’m ready to sit down, but to no avail. I rush into the kitchen to get dinner ready while fielding requests for snacks, breaking up fights, and generally being distracted every other minute.

Evening Routine with 3 Kids

5:30 p.m. Daddy is home and we have dinner…this is sort of an average time because I will push it up to accommodate the kids or back if M is running late. 

6:15 p.m. The chaos that is post dinner is finally put to an end (sort of) with bath time.

6:45 p.m. Books!

7:15 p.m. Kids get in bed. M stays with the big kids for a little while, and I nurse Baby A and get her in bed. 

8:00 p.m. I’m ecstatic if all are asleep at this time! I have a snack, prep lunch stuff/put away dinner stuff if I haven’t already, and plop down on the couch! 

10:00 pm. Bedtime for me. Baby A is hit or miss at night so I give myself a buffer to get enough sleep

What does your daily routine look like? Does it feel as crazy as my day seems?

Psst- If you are interested in older routine posts, you can check out this one from when we only had two kids, or this one from when B was just born, or head over here for a list of all the routine posts!

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