meetup.com is great for meeting other mom's like you. i have been a stay at home mom for over 20 months now, and i also have 6 pit bulls. i home-school my daughter, because the local pre-schools are a trocious. it's very hard to get things done around the house, while trying to entertain all these children at once. i usually start the mornings off with a little tv while i cook breakfast. once she's in the chair, and eating, i turn the tv off. i have posterboards, and charts in the kitchen plastered all over the walls. at breakfast we go over the calender, today's weather, and the season, abc's, and today's letter. with today's letter i give a few examples of words that begin with that letter. after she's done eating, i turn on a little music so she can dance, and have free time to run and play until around 10:30 or so. (she wakes up at 6) that's when dad will leave for work, and she'll then take a nap. we she wakes, i turn on low music while i cook lunch. she eats, and music is off. we go over shapes, numbers, and colors. when she's done, i get on the floor and play with her. arts and crafts are included. coloring, stickers, finger paints, etc. about an hour of that, and i turn the tv on to do housework. i give her an hour of that. tv is turned off, and we read for a while. then go over our weekly theme, such as bugs. sing songs, make crafts, discuss topic. then get ready for dinner, eat in peace. school is done. bath, read, and snuggle until bed. i know this was long and drawn out, and i'm sorry, but i hope this helps! the more structure, and routine a day has, the less tantrums you will deal with. just also learn how to go with the flow. if they loose interest while teaching, leave it alone. i do.