Indeed, the holiday went by so quickly, but I really hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did. Did you spend quality and quantity time with your precious kids? I hope you gave them all the TLC they need to take on the new session. Now that the holidays are over and it’s back to early mornings, school runs, and homework which can be a bit overwhelming as you are trying to adjust to the new routine.
Do you find yourself flustered and in a rush every morning, trying to get your kids out of the door to school? Or, do you often have to buy fast food in the mornings because you just couldn’t spare the time to pack them lunch? If this is you, here are four tips you might want to consider to becoming more effective after the holidays.
Plan and prepare your meals in advance
Planing in advance will always save you a whole lot of stress and also help reduce the time you spend in the kitchen every morning. Here are some tips to help you become an “A student” when it comes to packing your kids’ lunch boxes!
- Have a school lunch time table that outlines exactly what your kids would be taking to school every day of the week.
- Go a step further to list the major ingredients you would need to prepare the meal. This can come in handy if you ever need to delegate to another caregiver.
- Do the most difficult and time consuming part of the meal prep the evening before and store in your fridge or freezer as appropriate. This way you’d only have to do the final prep in the morning. For example, you can chop the veggies, defrost the chicken, parboil the rice, etc.
- The night before, wash your kids eating utensils and organize them along with other dry foods like their biscuits, and juice pack, into their lunch boxes or put them in a place that’s within reach.
Arrange your kids’ uniforms a night before
Another major part of the morning school run is getting the kids neatly dressed for school. I’ve seen some kids show up with rumpled uniforms, dirty socks or sometimes a shirt completely different from the school uniform. This is another planning issue. My advise would be to find a system that helps you have your kids uniform, socks and even underwear laid out the night before. Or if you have many uniforms, get them all washed, ironed and properly folded or hung for the week. This way you can save yourself one less thing to do on your way out each morning.
Create a visual routine for your kids
If you have kids who are old enough to read, you might want to help them plan their routines in a more visual way. Nothing complicated, just a colourful, age appropriate, time table containing activities they should be doing each hour of the day. This can be something fun for you and your kids to work on together. A few things you could include are reading time, nap time, screen time, family time, meal time, etc. A visual schedule keeps everyone organized and teaches your kids how to be responsible for their time.
Go through your kids’ assignment every night
Home work is a priority and your children need to understand that it’s a non-negotiable part of their routine. There’s no excuse for doing assignments in the car on the way to school or late into the night. If you have a structure in place that prioritizes homework, then it should be sorted before your kids go to bed at night. Sometimes a reward and consequence system might be needed to motivate them to get it done on their own. This way you could just supervise or look it over when they are done.
Do you have any other tips that work for you? Please share in the comment section.
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