Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts yesterday!
I didn’t do much better last night (TIRED), but I think I have identified some strategies that may help in the future. Of note, we do already read together currently as part of the nightly routine. The kids — all 3 — usually go to bed between 8:30 – 9pm, and around 8 pm we all head upstairs together for reading. We start with G’s picks and then move on to a big kid book. We finished Harry Potter #1, but then took a detour to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and some spinoffs (these are a Cameron fan favorite) and are currently reading the graphic novel of Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy. This probably would not be my pick, but both A&C are into it.
So, 8pm to bedtime is usually okay. It’s the 60-90 minutes before that need help. I am going to try some things and also accept screen time as the answer sometimes, especially when everyone is very tired. (To those of you who watch shows WITH your kids, I am impressed. I am so uninterested in most of what they like. BUT, I could work on that — we did enjoy the kids baking challenge, for example! — and also could sit on the couch with a book and could at least be kid-adjacent).
IN OTHER NEWS: I ordered an iPhone 12 Mini this very morning to replace my aging iPhone 8 which has stopped reliably charging and has become very very slow. These things happened rather suddenly (? planned obsolescence) but I guess it’s whatever.
When it comes, instead of just dumping everything on I may attempt to manually install things. (I recognize this may be painful). This is in part because I still have an issue related to a missing Health app and I don’t want to carry that problem forward!
My allowance fund is now hurting but I am still considering a Day Designer (note: affiliate link). Academic launch is today! I was thinking about the original size but am actually finding the mini to have enough space. HOWEVER, I am not as in-love with the mini covers. Dilemmas . . .