The list could go on and on. We live in a very busy and schedule packed world. Even with my attempts to cut back on things, I’m still very busy. I do a few things to help me manage.
- I pre-make my kids sandwiches on Sundays. I read about the idea in a blog (maybe:http://unsophisticook.com/homemade-uncrustables-sandwiches/). I take a whole loaf of bread and make as many sandwiches as I can. Then each night I pack up the lunches with one of the sandwiches. I throw in a juice box, a cutie, and a few chips (in a container). Having the sandwiches already made saves me so much time!
- I set out my kids clothes for the whole week on Sunday, although my oldest in now helping pick out her clothes. This way there is no looking for what is needed throughout the week, like when Tuesday is wear red day or Friday is crazy socks day. Even if there is nothing “special” needed that day to wear, it is nice to have the clothes ready to go.
- Also, involving their clothes, I have my older two kids put on their clothes for the next day before bed. (My youngest is fast in the morning). Yep-they sleep in them. We all have to be up early since my husband and I both have schools to get to in the morning. Having them already dressed means all they have to do is put on socks and grab something to eat.
- Speaking of something to eat in the morning, I let my kids have breakfast bars or a pop tart. If they move quickly, they can have a bowl of cereal. If they are dragging, they can eat the breakfast bar or pop tart at before care. They are not the most nutritious choices in the world, but they need something!
- I often buy bundles of meals from a Wildtree rep and all we have to do is throw them on the grill, in the crock pot, or on the stove. The meals come from a butcher who cuts up the meat for me, adds in the veggies, and adds the Widtree products. It is awesome because they are healthy meals, well balanced, and easy to make. Plus, we always have left overs to eat another night.
- My kids go to bed earlier than a lot of children their age and I feel like this helps my whole family. My four year old goes to bed around 7:30, my seven year old 7:45, and my ten year old 8pm. They all need a lot of sleep to be in the best mood possible and it gives my husband and I much needed time together. We have a relatively set bedtime routine that helps.
- The bedtime routine consists of snacks, special time (each kid gets some one on one time with each parent-we rotate through), bathroom, and to bed. We take turns tucking them in.