Here’s our latest “thing” and I would totally recommend you try it out as your challenge…
About twice a week, we (my husband, my two kids and I) all go to the pool at the end of the day (usually straight from day-care/work).
We take turns doing laps (which are therapeutic in and of themselves) while the other watches over the kids. Then we give them their shower right there (most pools have special family changing rooms, with plenty of space and nice warm water), have dinner (either at the swimming pool or at a shopping centre next door), put their pyjamas on, brush their teeth and head back home.
Half way through the drive the kids are already fast asleep. When we get home, we just have to put then in bed, and enjoy the rest of the evening – no dishes to wash, no toys to pack away, no cajoling into the shower, no bedtime stories… *heaven* J
It does take a little bit of organising (packing pool bag, pjs, toothbrushes, etc), but I just keep the two bags always ready: one with pool stuff and one with pjs and toothbrushes, and just make sure I organise them again straight away every time we come home. Totally worth it! J