If you feel like life is overwhelming and exhausting or run out of energy and focus before the day is even over, you need an evening routine for working moms.
Are you overwhelmed when you wake up in the morning with everything you need to do? Do you work all day long, yet often get to the end of the day feeling exhausted and discouraged? Do you wish you had more energy and focus throughout the day? If this describes you, please know – you’re not alone!
Why Do I Need a Working Mom Evening Routine?
I work full-time and I have a 40-minute commute, each way. That makes for a very long day. Many people think if your mornings are stressful, then that’s the problem to fix. I would argue that you should start with your evening, instead.
An Evening Routine for Working Moms
My evening routine includes spending time at home with my family. Without a planned evening routine, I become easily frustrated and sometimes even have a meltdown! Instead, I intentionally make a plan so that I feel more relaxed, connected, and refreshed. What does my evening routine include?
- 15 minutes with kids, one on one
•First, I wanted to mention that I do this separately with each of my kids is because it causes more potential for tension, confusion, and anger when they are both vying for my attention at once. When each person gets his or her own time, the conversations are calmer, more productive, and facilitate closeness between us. We do this before homework because I find they’re happier this way. I have two kids.
•Teenage son – Sometimes I am only able to get this time in the car driving home from afterschool activities or while he’s walking through common areas in the house. Teenagers spend a lot of time in their rooms, listening to music, communicating on their phone, etc.
•Elementary-aged daughter – We usually cuddle, watch a TV show together, or just talk. Sometimes she’ll have a craft, activity, or game she wants to play.
•Teenage son – Usually, he’s already done his during class time or at the library after school, before I pick him up. If he does need help, we sit down together and I’ll answer questions, quiz him, or help him find resources.
•Elementary-aged daughter – Sometimes, she’s already done hers at the church afterschool program, before I pick her up. If she has not completed her homework, I listen while she reads, check her worksheets, and complete any required paperwork.
• Our meals usually are very simple, made from ingredients I always have on hand, and take 30 minutes or less to prepare.
- Eat dinner
- Family time – We usually watch a TV show together as a family in the living room.
- TV/relax – I watch something I’ve recorded on my DVR, read, surf the internet, etc.
- Project – If I have a household project or blogging project, it’s done during this time.
- Prep for tomorrow
• Pick out clothes
• Pack lunch
• Pack any other items needed for tomorrow’s meetings, etc.
• Prepare for afterschool activities
• Pack workbag
- Sleep – I NEED eight hours of sleep, so I do my best to get in bed to allow for that.
Most of the routine takes a couple of hours. That leaves family time, at least an hour of me time, and eight hours to sleep. For more details, see my working mom schedule.
I’ve created a FREE evening routine checklist that you can use to create your own in as little as 15 minutes!
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