I'm having a struggle and I wonder if anyone else has felt this.
I usually get home from picking up all kids at school around 4 pm. From 4 to 4:30 is one of the GRUMPIEST times in our house! It's as if we all cannot stand each other.
I'm trying to get to the bottom of why this is a hard time. Here are my thoughts:
1. Some of us have just been in the car for about 1.5 hours (Lucy and me) by the time all is said and done. That makes me crabby.
2. When we all get home, it's like we're ALL having to adjust to each other again. If our kids just walked home from the public school, I could have myself all ready for their arrival -- snack, a nice welcome, etc. As it is, we all scramble for snack and I'm immediately irritable. Hrumph.
3. After having spent the day apart, we require a time of re-entry into the life of the home. This takes time and care. Care is something in short supply when I just came in the door at a tired time of day.
So, what I'm thinking is that I need to come up with ways to make the coming home better. There is no way around the driving for now. But I could, with much effort, have a snack ready to set out when we come in. What are the ways I can make our late afternoons more peaceful and loving? I welcome your ideas. And prayers!