Here are some no-nonsense tips for getting through the week with busy kids:
Think before you say yes. Don’t just agree to every whim your child has. Ask if the child understands the amount of practice expected for violin lessons or the high cost of hockey equipment. Make sure practice schedules don’t conflict before signing up for a sport or activity.
Check with all siblings’ schedules before adding a new activity. A child can’t play soccer if no one is available to get him or her to and from practice on time.
Consider missing an activity once in a while.
Every kid needs a break and sometimes playing at the beach on a beautiful day is more important than sitting in a stuffy music studio. You might also decide to skip a free activity to be refreshed for the one you paid for.
Stock the car with juice boxes and snacks. Many children need a pick-me-up between school and extracurricular activities to keep them alert and happy.
Ask for class or team lists to make carpooling easier.
Consider dinner when planning your child’s week. If you’ve got a particularly hectic Wednesday, plan to order a delivered pizza that evening to lessen the load.
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