The new sunrise is not without challenge or cheers but its how we rebound that matters most. Here are some ways in which you can maintain your balance and positivity, empowering yourself and those you come in contact during a day's journey.
Well-orchestrated seas of SUV's, music, dance and sport meets don't happen by accident. Parents who plan-flourish. Organize shared meal nights with those within your inner circle. Create a monthly meal plan for days when it seems you will never see the inside of a kitchen. One person prepares a casserole, another a salad, dessert, etc. If sandwiches are the order of the day for dinner, make it simple. Condiments used at dinner can be stored in mini containers for lunch and distributed for all of the kids' lunches the next day. List allergies so this remains a help-mate not a stale-mate.
Beating Bed Time Blues
Count on it! But to counteract the melees, become proactive. I hear from many parents who are still looking for the perfect pre-work day schedule. Keeping to curfews is a big part of reducing wake-up resistance. If nightly bedtime stories are your normal ritual, incorporate a night or two where the kids can act out a planned story they are familiar with. This is a win-win as you allow your child to express themselves, they will expend some of the energy stored seemingly until bedtime, reinforcing your parent-child bond. One suggestion: Choose a night when protests seem persistent. Example-Sunday night where you may have adjusted bedtimes latitudes but need to reinstate a tighter mental groove come school nights.
Gifts That Keep On Giving
Everyone loves a gift. When its not your turn to do the driving, how can you pay it forward? Send that week's van-leader off with a fresh breakfast, gift card, fresh from your kitchen or meet them at the last stop with a cool favorite. If you are all entrepreneurs, why not buy a much needed office supply or offer another service that won't break the bank, but will make a large impact. Need suggestions, feel free to contact me.