For me, it can be a bit of a challenge because I work hard all day and my job runs 24/7 so I can’t automatically shut off the second the kids come home. I really try, though! It’s easy to talk about today, because Wednesdays are the one day they both have after school classes. So I’m able to take time for myself, get some exercise (today was a long bike ride!), and feel refreshed for when they come home. Often, though, it’s a hectic time! They’re always hungry and sometimes Scarlet has piano and Des has a lot of homework for second grade. So we make the most of it!
Making the Most of After School Time:
Family game time creates fun memories, laughter, and learning too! My kids learn better communication, friendly competition, and the importance of following directions from our designated daily game time. And it’s fun!
This one probably should be a given, but it took some training on our part. My daughter made up a meal plan that we mostly stick to, and it’s a time for no books (sob) or any kind of screen – TV, computer, phone, etc.
Arts, crafts, and projects:
My kids LOVE arts and crafts, a lot more than I do. I can sort of get away with watching from afar, or sticking close to them, but not actually making anything. I love how their skills increase every single day.
Sometimes the best exercise is when you don’t even know you’re exercising. If we add our dog, that’s a bonus for everyone. Also, we like to roller skate, ride bikes, play frisbee, and dance.
This is important time. This is probably the most important one, which is why I saved it for last. The thing is, after school snack is the FIRST thing you’ll do together after school, so make it count. I like to make homemade popcorn, cut up fruit and honey or fruit and peanut butter, put together vegetables and ranch, and put out the Juicy Juice.
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