Are you getting back into the swing of things for back to school and finding that your weeknights are a whole lot more stressful? It’s pretty common – between the crowded pick-up line at the school practices, games, tutoring sessions, and other after-school commitments, by the time you get home you’re exhausted and already dreading doing it the next day. Let us help! Our Orlando Toyota dealership has tips to help make your school nights less stressful and more enjoyable… so let’s get started!
Weeknights don’t have to be hectic with Orlando Toyota tips
- First things first – start planning your meals ahead of time. We know, we know – it can be a hassle. But who wants to stand in the kitchen despairing over what to make when you’ve got a million other things going on? Plan your menu a week at a time and buy all the ingredients ahead of time so you don’t have to run out again after you’ve gotten home.
- Be sure to leave a reminder for yourself to thaw out frozen meats ahead of time so they cook faster; you can also chop fruits and veggies and store them in plastic containers for the week, as well as batch cook on the weekends to have plenty of leftovers waiting that just need to be re-heated. Also, get the older kids to pitch in with dinner to speed up the process.
- Another great time saver is the crock pot – you can actually make “dump and go” bags of complete meals that you can stick in the freezer for 6-8 months. Just thaw out the night before, dump in the crock pot the morning of, and voila! You come home to a hot, home-cooked, ready-to-serve meal. (Just check Pinterest – you won’t be disappointed.)
- Stop trying to multitask at night. Turn off the phones, shut down the computers, and focus on the important tasks – homework, dinner, bath time, and bedtime. If you have to do a little more work before bedtime, leave it until later. Trying to conduct a business call while helping with math homework is a recipe for disaster (and big time stress). One multi-tasking activity we do recommend, however, is packing lunches while dinner is cooking.
Turn off the multi-tasking at night to make things easier!
- Try to create a week night schedule; if your kids know what they have to do as soon as they walk in the door, it makes your life a whole lot easier. They should know when homework time is, as well as the after-dinner routine of baths, laying out tomorrow’s clothes (you should do this too – it’s a major time-saver), and bedtime. Keeping things consistent will cut down on stress.
- Check backpacks as soon as you get home, and as soon as homework is done, restock them and put them by the door. This way, no one is scrambling around looking for lost homework the next morning. Also, stock up on school supplies and craft supplies (like posterboard, glue, and paint) in your spare closet for those last minute “I forgot it was due!” situations. (This also goes for bake sales that are forgotten – having a batch of cookie dough or even slice-and-bake in the freezer can be a lifesaver.)