My family of 4 always comes first. I do not conform to expectations.
My Typical Day (workday)...
Bath time is over at 6pm and I join the husband & kids in their bedroom for the next half of the bedtime routine - getting changed, reading books, drinking milk, cuddling up. Lights out at 6:30pm.
means I have to be very organise and multi-task. For example, while spaghetti is being cooked in a pot for 10 minutes, laundry can be taken off the line, kids' bedroom can be prepared for bedtime with their clothes laid out for after bath, go to the toilet uninterrupted, cook up a tray of sausages on the fry pan (for tomorrow's meal) while giving the kitchen / family room a quick vacuum and tidy.
the never ending tasks to accomplish before picking the kids up from childcare. Yes, I can keep them in care longer but I choose not to. That's why I rush around like a headless chicken for 30 minutes or so when I get home from work so that I can spend the next 3 hours with them. Quality 3 hours with my children, uninterrupted.
Favourite Time of the Day ...
It was an easy decision because childcare became available at a centre of my preference and the company I work for accepted my proposed new work conditions that enables me to still have quality time with my children while performing at my peak in the corporate sector.