An ideal schedule for the year looked like this:
0640 – Z wakes up
0700 – Mr H sends Z to school
0720 – Mr H picks X and I up
0740 – We drop X off
0800 – I reach work
1345 – Mr H picks Z up
Depending on what time Mr H and I end work or leave office (since work could be brought home), we aimed to get the boys to the pool by 6pm while dinner was set to cook.
1900 – Dinner and chat
2000 – Watch TV, play NES, reading or any family activity
2100 – Target for boys to sleep, while the adults strive to complete random household chores, activities, personal stuffs or work
2230 – My ideal bedtime!
Realistically, it was hard to follow but we made do with what we could. For the first two days, we managed to let the boys play in the pool with the neighbours but a tad late.
It was always good to have a yardstick to look to.