Im struggling with how to fit it all in. My kids want to come home and have time to themselves for a little after school but then we have to have dinner, head off to sports most nights, dont get home till 7 or 8, then still have homework to do, and chores to do but they also want to have screentime. They want to have a little downtime coming home which Im fine with but then they cant get themselves motivated to do the rest of the stuff (homework, chores, etc) before dinner. Then were off to sports, then home, then its practically rush around time again to get ready for the next day. I’m about ready to say no screentime whatsoever until everything is done but my husband disagrees saying they need time to unwind after school for a little but everything is not getting done. Sample schedule below:
Home from school: 3:30pm
Sports: 5-7:30-sometimes 8 (even later during the winter)
In that timeframe we have to do homework, chores, make lunches, shower, etc for the next day. Chores for both kids consist of your basic stuff (setting the dinner table, clearing the dinner table, loading the dishwasher, emptying the dishwasher if needed, emptying the garbage if needed, doing the laundry if needed, feeding the dog, cleaning up your room, wiping down the counters from dinner).
Should I only allow them screentime after all of this is done or is it ok for them to wind down after school for a little then let them do their stuff. They also don’t like when I nag them or get upset with them when the stuff doesn’t get done.