No surprise the day heads south in a hurry.
I read an article in Parent's September 2012 issue that gave words to this phenomenon :-) And some advice to stop the cycle.
I've seen it happen in my house. Bob and I get to bed late because we've watched a movie. Then our hopes to sleep in are thwarted by any child living in the house who's under the age of fifteen. Follow that by a flurry of activity, because though I didn't get to "sleep in" I still wasted enough time in bed to make for a late start to the first ball game or activity planned for the day. Add in my expectations for things to get done (that I've failed to share with my husband, yet somehow expect him to know)...add in your own other issues here...Oh, I hope I'm not the only one! And yet, I don't wish it on any of you ;-)
Tips from the article to avoid "Sad-turday":
- Be reasonable with your "down time" on Friday night. Only watch one movie instead of three.
- Learn to say "no". Kids don't have to attend every birthday party they are invited to or be involved in every activity. They may even prefer being at home more. Rethink your yes's, too.
- If you are used to an overscheduled Saturday and really scale it back, don't be surprised if that presents some challenges at first, too. We get used to being overstimulated and always on the go.
- Do more during the week. Lighten the Saturday load by taking care of a few chores during the week.