Now that the holidays are coming to an end, and the kiddos are going back to school, our “normal” routines can take place again. I am using this weekend to get myself organized and ready to get my family back to our “normal” schedule.
To start this whole process, I am pulling out my weekly organizer to write down everything we have going on this coming week. You can click below the image for a FREE download, because I love you all so much!!
Once my week is planned out as best as it can be with appointments, I like to plan one activity for the kiddos and myself to do. It’s typically bubbles, play-dough, color, etc. Something that involves some set-up on my part instead of just things that are already out to play with. One of my girlfriends is making the transition to staying home with her almost 2-year-old and was asking for suggestions as to what to do with him during the day. This was my recommendation to her. It will keep you thinking of new things to do but also allows the flexibility to just enjoy unstructured play time.
(Another suggestion I had was to write down a typical daily schedule for yourself and post it on your fridge. This helps keep your day moving and more predictable for the kiddos. It also helps if I have a sitter!)
Now that my week is planned, I try to meal plan. I typically try to do more complicated or new meals on Mondays and Tuesdays and keep the rest of the week for easy recipes because I get lazy with cooking come Fridays.
After I do our grocery shopping, I try (like really try but it doesn’t always happen) to get some food prep done. What I mean by food prep is to cut and prepare as much food as I can for the week so I don’t have to spend time doing it before dinner. Making cauliflower rice, chopping onions, making sauces, and cutting up fruit have been the extent of my food prep thus far.
Laundry and changing the sheets are a priority but it is the kiddos’ clothes that I am able to put away, while the rest of the laundry may stay in the basket for a few days.
Now that I am back on schedule, I need to get the kiddos back on schedule. I started by drawing out our bedtime routine to get them to start to wind down earlier then we have these past few weeks. We took a long bath, read a lot of books and played calming music. My favorite is Lulluby Themes in Pandora.
For the next couple of days I will continue to do a longer bedtime routine, until the kiddos are back to going to bed a little earlier and waking up a little earlier. The first few days after a long break are the hardest to readjust to a new schedule, but things will get back to normal again!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a smooth transition back to your “normal” schedules!