From Screentime Age:

At three, most families choose Community preschool programs, which often only run for two hours a day. Kids go to another child care provider after this. Then when parents come home after working a full day they are still left with all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and housework to do. Schools typically have at least 10 weeks of vacation/break time throughout the year. If parents split time off to reduce expenses for camps and childcare, they are LUCKY to be able to spend a few days together, as a family, without jockeying work, home, and all the other things of life. Plus, many parents worry that our streets/neighborhoods are not safe for children to just go out and play in.

We do some of this splitting as parents. I work early till about 3pm most days of the week and then my wife goes to work as a figure skating coach until about 8pm most nights. That does leave each of us “solo” parenting for their chunk of the day most of the year.

She gets about 6 weeks off as spring ice ends before summer ice begins. Then there are another 4 weeks of from the end of summer ice to the start of fall ice.

I have certainly been finding myself tired at the end of a long day (where I did dip in and out of some chores and helping with the kids because I work at home) and letting the TV attract the attention of the kids. I do this more often than I want, but…I feel so tired at the end of the day. At least that’s my excuse.

Overall, good post on the challenges parents face as they hear about the ills of screentime, but wonder how on earth they get the basics done while keeping their kids away from screens.

2 responses to “After work there is still all the chores to do for working families”

  1. John Avatar

    This is something I used to deal with during my second marriage. I was lucky enough to be able to write my own schedule at the grocery store bakery,But I would get up early and take light rail into town, drop my son at preschool, and walk over to work. Then after my shift I’d go and pick him up right before they closed. (Wife at that time commuted with our one vehicle).

    Chores we’d split in time we had. Managing stuff is hardest when kids are little or with multiple kids.

    1. Curtis McHale Avatar
      Curtis McHale

      Work shuts down for my wife after this week. I’m looking forward to a bit more time that’s not taken up by chores.