I think most families have a "witching hour" during which the kids become rather unmanageable. And for most families, the witching hour seems to be before dinner, and much of the advice on the topic involves getting dinner on the table faster.
In our case, however, the witching hour happens after dinner, when I'm cleaning the kitchen and the kids are bursting with energy. No matter what Marc does to engage them, we always seem to end up with two little boys who won't follow a single instruction. Unfortunately, we live in a townhouse and don't have a yard, otherwise it would probably be a simple matter of opening the back door and letting them loose.
We have considered putting the dishes off until the boys are in bed, but that would mean that by the time I have washed the dishes, prepped food for the next day, and exercised, it would be after 9:00. I'd still have blogging-related work to do, and even the bare minimum takes 20 to 30 minutes. And since I like to shower at night, it would after 10:00 by the time I got in bed. The alarm goes off at 5:00, so this schedule leaves absolutely no couple time for Marc and me, which is unacceptable.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I love my two little boys, but they more than a handful sometimes! Thanks!