From 4 to 6pm my children turn into something that I do not recognize and without fail chaos ensues in our home. Witching Hour has arrived.
I don’t know if they are just tired, bored, or hungry, but in this whirlwind of crazy, I feel like I’m putting out fires at every turn. I know it’s coming, each and every day. Yet, I find myself just suffering through until Daddy walks in the door and I throw the children at him because I can’t take it anymore.
Thankfully, my husband usually looks at me like a damsel in distress and graciously takes the kids off my hands so I can finish dinner. Within minutes, though, the guilt sets in, because I know he just had a hard day at work and the last thing he probably wants to come home to is a frazzled wife and crazy kids thrust upon him.
It might be blatantly obvious to some of you but it took me awhile to figure out that I needed a plan. Day in and out, I would just survive the crazy, without a plan. But no longer!
Today, we will formulate a plan of action so we will be victims of witching hour no more. Here are some ideas for overcoming the chaos of witching hour:
- Plan your meals—I find this time of day to be extra stressful because I’m making dinner and trying to give my attention to the preparation of that tasty meal. Try and alleviate that burden by doing as much prep work during a quiet or nap time. I know those nap times are precious, but, in the long run, you will be grateful for a more peaceful home during “witching hour”.
- Crockpot meals are usually super easy and alleviate that burden.
- Once a month cooking\freezer meals – A few times a year I do this just to give me a fall back plan or a cooking night off yet it allows our family to still enjoy a homemade meal.
- If you have olders, you can be grooming them to take on a meal responsibility once a week. It will teach them an important life skill and free up some of your time. Win win!
- Active stations are good too! Dancing, running, jumping, exercises anything you can do to make them get that energy out and switching stations at the sound of the timer.
- Water play at the kitchen sink “washing dishes” or playing with toys
- Bean with cups transferring
- Little figures
- Buttons to sort
- Insert your own Pinterest search!
Hopefully some of these ideas have your creative juices flowing and you can start to think what would work best for you and your children so you no longer dread “witching hour”.