This is a snapshot of an hour or so of my life. It's not extraordinary and I'm sure other parents could cite similar hours. Wednesday evenings require choreographing. Planning is involved and punctuality is important.
I leave work at 16:45. As I'm driving home I get a call from Hannah. She's near home and wants to go home and not collect Ethan from the after school club. I say that that's OK providing she fills the kettle and puts it on.
I pull up at the after school club at about 16:55 and collect Ethan who had seen me pull up and had gathered his coat and bag so he could be ready.
We park at home at 17:03.
I tell Ethan to get ready for football while I cook.
I smell fresh bread and check the bread maker. It has three minutes left on the timer.
I check mail - two items, both junk.
I start to prepare a stir fry having prepared cooked chicken yesterday evening and cut vegetables this morning. Sauce is shop bought.
I take the bread out of the bread maker.
Hannah and I sit down to eat at 17:12 and Ethan joins at 17:14 when he's finished getting changed.
I finish eating at 17:24 and the children take a little longer. We're using chopsticks and none of us has mastered this.
I go upstairs and get changed into jeans whilst reading the junk mail from Amazon. Who would have anticipated Amazon using direct mail? (They shouldn't have bothered.)
I come downstairs at 17:28 and plonk myself on the sofa. I check Facebook, Twitter, email and then indulge in a few minutes of the 2048 app.
I ask Hannah if she has homework and encourage her to stop reading and do her homework. I also remind her that her room needs tidying.
Ethan asks me to sign his homework diary. He's read 1984 (twice and now finished the book), Guinness Book of World Records (twice) and Amazing Brain Teasers. He's done some maths homework - he tells me some of the set homework was optional so I make sure I let the teacher know which bit he's done.
Dave phones. He has been to Swindon and, whilst he said he wouldn't be back late, he has decided to pop into the office. He won't be home until probably eight o'clock.
I don coat and boots and Ethan and I leave for football practice. We walk there arriving at 17:58.
I walk back arriving home at 18:07. Hannah's homework is done, the tidying isn't.
I type a blog post…