It was more like dragging a sleepy child up in the wee hours of the morning,
shoving her out the door so she can make her hour bus ride then doing all the things teachers expect parents to do during the day (because apparently they aren't able to manage their time either and have children do their schoolwork during...you know...school) not to mention the constant requests to come in the help "supervise" classroom activities and parties (I'm shocked at how many "rewards" children are constantly given in school. Food based rewards. Nothing motivates Sit Still and Pay Attention like telling them you'll get skittles if you do!),
and then waiting for the bus since they have about an hour long window when they may arrive at your house and you HAVE to be there because even if you feel like your six year old is responsible enough to walk 100 yards home the school knows better
and then forcing your grumpy child to do her homework when she'd much rather be out playing since she's already been sitting inside missing out on the sunshine all day
but you know she has to do it now because when Dad comes home you'll eat and by the time you're done she will only have just enough time to take a bath and get into bed so that she's not literally melting into nothingness due to sleep deprivation.
Needless to say, I have a lot of respect for the vast majority of parents who do this. Every day. For years. We lasted 3 months before I couldn't take it anymore. My child was in school all day but yet somehow the school had reached it's tentacles all the way into my house and strangled my own daily routines.
So what do we do now?
We play in a lot of gardens. Ours or other peoples.
We spend a lot of time taking care of our various pets
And try to meet up with Dad for lunch at least once a week
We can leisurely do our errands...
....and can enjoy painting from life rather than from a picture.
We play dress up
Sometimes as animals...
...and sometimes as nice gentlemen and ladies
We perform plays and make movies (this is a still from Lily's book report on Ramona Quimby Age 8, in which Lily made a commercial to sell the book...just like Ramona did)
And take lots of field trips
We enjoy silly things like playing with light and reflections
And fall asleep when the house is still and quiet