Do you all do anything specific to keep your difficult children busy after school? My daughter seems to blow up every day lately and I was thinking it might be a good idea to keep her out in public (stores, post office, bank, library, etc) as much as possible in order to avoid blowups. The problem is that my 2 and 4 year olds get very cranky during the hours of 3-6 and I'm usually cooking dinner. My errands are usually done in the morning before lunch, but I was thinking if I put off all of my running around til after school, I keep my daughter out of trouble and away from the tv and the computer. The only problem I see is that she might be too tired for homework in the evenings after dinner and her work (although she is barely passing to begin with) might suffer. I mentioned all of this to a friend who suggested forcing her to do an after school physical activity to get endorphins flowing, make her feel good, make her too tired for tantrums, etc. Karate comes to mind, since she does need to work on self control. I don't know why I'm typing all of this, maybe just to toss it out there and see if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions that I might want to think about?