The kids went back to school, this morning. It's been quiet. I've been able to get a few things done--I do have more to do, but not as big of a list as I'd had to start with.
But it's quiet.
There's no TV going, no fighting, no yelling as they play, no arguing over some minor point in whatever they're doing.
So far, I've managed to get a load of dishes done (dishwasher AND the few hand-wash things), a load of my clean clothes sorted and put away, clean towels folded and put away, and a load of towels and bathrobes put in the washer.*
I've also gotten some planning done--housework planning for the rest of the week and zone 5 (living room), and supper planning for the next seven days or so.
Because I've had the energy. I've not been breaking up fights, or trying to herd the children through their daily chores.**
Better yet, I've still got three hours and enough energy to actually do some writing. And enough time and energy to finish the chores that still need done for the day, now, and after the kids get home from school on this first day back.
*Yes, I've had to sit down for a half an hour between fifteen minutes or so spent on chores. But I've still been able to get back up because the energy filled back up enough to do so.
**Parenting is way harder work than housework, even harder and more draining than the heavy chores. And herding the kids through learning how to do it is a lot harder and more draining than doing it myself, but doing it myself and letting them skate is doing them a massive disservice.
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