09 Apr 5 Tips For Busy Parents
If you’re a busy working parent you’re probably always looking for ways to save time during the week, keep the kids happy and focus on the important things! With term 2 approaching, we’ve got some tips for you on how to save time preparing meals, getting the kids ready in the morning and keeping the house clean so that at the end of the day you can relax with the family or find some ‘me-time’!
1. Prepare the night before
Mornings before school are always busy. As if it isn’t hard enough to get the kids out of bed let alone having to prepare their lunches (and your own)! Why not prepare the family’s lunches while cooking dinner? Slice up apples and oranges, pre-wrap biscuits or snacks and pre-prepare sandwiches. There’s less dishes in the morning and so much more time!
2. Write a weekly shopping list
Minimise your trips to the shops by writing a weekly list of everything you need to prepare the family’s meals for the week. Try and plan ahead the meals you’re going to make throughout the week so you can get everything in one trip. This not only saves time, but money too! Get all your groceries from Woolworths, fresh fruit and veg from Central Fresh Market, and meats for meals from Tasman Meats at Central South Morang!
3. Create a family schedule
Keep a family schedule to keep track of what needs to be done during the week, what events are coming up and which nights of the week the kids have after school activities. This will help you prioritise daily tasks, and make sure the kids are where they need to be! Dollars and Cents have some great stationary and planners to help keep you on track, it will also help you plan time to relax and spend time with the family.
4. Reward the kids at the end of the week
To get the kids to help out with chores and small tasks during the week, have a reward system that keeps them well behaved! If they’ve been good all week, reward them on Friday after school with a takeaway dinner from Ribs & Burgers, Bubba Pizza, Pho Sunday Rose or Red Rooster from Central South Morang.
5. Set aside time for homework
After school activities, video games and the internet keep kids super busy these days! Make sure you keep enough time free each night to help your kids with their homework. Block out some time to sit down, talk about school and get as much homework done together as possible. Maybe you could even multitask and cook dinner while you help with homework!
Let us know if you have any other time saving tips that we can share with our Central South Morang audience by sending us a Facebook message!