For Hectic Moms – Tips To Make More Me-Time
Here are 5 ideas on how to make sure that your children are happy about going back to school after a lockdown in the colder months
The TastyMoments team has wondered how one keeps one’s family motivated and keen to get back into the swing of things after the holidays and all the recent interruptions due to the virus. Here’s an idea: call a ‘back to school’ meeting over some Ital Pizza Minis or – better yet – Ital Pizza Pops and discuss the way forward. Once you’ve reached an agreement, stick a roster onto the refrigerator door so that everyone knows what’s expected of them.
But until school starts, it is our suggestion that you keep them in ‘learning mode’. Diarise a few readings at the library so that they can experience the joy of books or drag them off to a planetarium, museum, park, theatre or art gallery. Even a graffiti tour will do. If you keep your eyes open, there is always something out there for them to experience.
But back to school for now. Here’s how you can help them confidently master the first few weeks.
Masks and tissues
After you’ve poured some orange juice, cooked a bowl of oats or boiled a few eggs to ensure full tummies, make super-sure, they have enough tissues and masks in case of runny noses. If they have a few extra, they will also help new friends who might not have a supply at hand.
Believe it or not, rules make youngsters feel secure. If they know homework is to be done between 16h00 and 19h00, they have the freedom to choose what they want to do with the rest of the day. This will eliminate arguments about TV or FB time.
Make sure they’re warm enough
There is nothing worse than being cold on an icy winter’s day. Ask granny to knit an extra jersey, or better yet, fork out on a warm jacket. A pair of gloves and a beanie will add extra love.
There is a reason why bears and other mammals hibernate in winter. And, we are also mammals, after all! Decide on a bedtime rule and stick to it. A cup of warm chocolate milk will help make them sleepy, reassure and keep them warm, and not so keen to spend another hour or two on their devices. It’s worth the effort to send them to dreamland smiling.
Make a checklist - for all to consult before leaving the house
It’s easy to forget things that can make all the difference between that panicky phone call and having to drop everything to rush to school.
The checklist should include:
- Sanitiser and mask
- Lunch box (including some vitamins in the form of carrots, raw peas or apple segments)
- Sports kit
- Clean shoes
- School books in a backpack
- Pencil case
- Transport arrangements: who is taking and fetching?
- Agreed ETA at home
- Permission about having friends over, COVID protocols and device time
QUICK DINNER IDEA: A delicious, nutrient-rich pot of veg soup served with yummy Ital Pizza Slices will go a long way in protecting everyone from the dreaded lurgy during these times. Soups freeze well, so they can be made over weekends for the week. Cooking time also doubles as family time, so get the young ones to pitch in and help with chopping and peeling. Happy school, everyone.
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