by LaraOnline » Nov 23, 2013 When I say I 'can't cope', well... one must. So one does. But no matter how well I plan, part-cook dinner, lay out uniforms for the day following, try to get a jump on the school expectations for the following day...by 9pm things are falling apart. My husband is definitely NO HELP. Is that unusual?? I mean, in the 1970s I'm thinking it wasn't... but I just don't seem to be able to keep up. We whizz in late after the after school activities, around 6.30pm. It's straight into the bath while I crank up the stove. Of course after all the driving in the afternoon I also am dead on my feet so I usually collapse while the kids are eating, then crank it up again for homework after dinner, and then after much sibling struggle (mostly about iPads) it's on to teeth and bed.... However. By the time 9pm rolls around I'm usually still attempting to clean up the kitchen from their dinner, begging them to finish their tasks while I try and organise next day school bags and washing. Every night is such a struggle. I find the whole expectation of reading every night to my 4-year-old is out the door! I find it very difficult to even get to her in terms of reading,what with slogging it out with the 7-year-old boy. He takes an age to do anything, and every sentence is prefaced by an age of would-be intimidating stares and refusals. Thank goodness my 9yo girl is diligent. But she can still rush out at 9.15pm at night though (while I'm doggedly stacking the dishwasher) and announce that she forgot to do her maths!! My husband gets home around 7pm, eats whatever is available and usually passes out in front of the evening news with the plate on his chest. I'm up to about 10pm just doing chores (hey, since they've grown a little older, this is definitely an improvement on my previous work hours). My children are 4, 7 and 9. My husband and the kids are campaigning very heavily for another child (they want a little brother LOL) but There. Is. No. Way. Is anyone else out there experiencing this type of ongoing difficulty in the night time routine?