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**This post is sponsored by McDonald’s. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**
School is back in full swing and you know what that means…. It means days filled with packing lunches and driving kids to sporting events, all while trying to take care of your daily duties. All of those school year extracurricular activities can fill up your day, making it seem like you don’t even see your kids despite being in the car with them for what seems like hours. As our family is out running around from activity to activity, sometimes it’s been a challenge to grab the kiddos a quick bite of food to feel good about.
And that is exactly why I love McDonald’s.
Each Happy Meal provides wholesome options such as Apple Slices and Go-GURT Low-Fat Strawberry yogurt. Additionally, 1% low-fat while milk, fat-free chocolate milk and 100% apple juice are the perfect beverage pairing for your kids Happy Meal. And guess what? Later this fall, be on the lookout for Cuties clementines from Sun Pacific included as a Happy Meal side as well. My ten year old is already super excited about that – Cuties are his favorite snack.
I am so happy that McDonald’s gives me nutritious alternatives and it’s food that I can grab quickly if we’re in a hurry to get to karate class or the soccer field.
Some days I feel like we’re on the go for hours after the kids get home from school. Instead of allowing extracurricular activities to take over your family, use these tips to find a balance that works for everyone’s schedule.
Set Aside Family Time
In order to find a balance between extracurricular activities and home life, you actually need to have a home life. Set aside some time each week for catching up with the family. It can be an entire day or just a single afternoon. This block of time should be used to spend some quality time with all of the members of your family. Let your children know upfront that no extracurricular activities can be scheduled for this time period.
This is a great tip that parents and kids alike need to get used to. Teach your kids how to prioritize their responsibilities. Of course, school and family should be at the top of the list, but you can teach your kids how to decide which extracurricular activities can come after those top priorities. To do this, have your children make a list of the extracurricular activities they’d like to participate in. Have them choose two or three activities that are at the top of the list. You can then use a calendar to pencil in all of the commitments each extracurricular activity would require. Your kids can then see what each week will look like and decide whether that schedule is doable. If it isn’t, they should re-prioritize those activities and take something off of the list.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have multiple children and each child is involved in one or two activities a week, your schedule can get downright busy. Instead of doing it all yourself, see if there are any other parents who would like to set up a carpooling schedule. This allows you to focus on other priorities while your kids are at practices and meetings.
If you have school age children, extracurricular activities are sure to be a part of your everyday life for the next twelve years or so. Because of this, you need to find a balance that allows you to make your family’s home life a priority, especially when it comes to spending quality time with your kids.
If you’re like me and always on the go-go-go, at $2.99, the McDonald’s Happy Meal is the perfect option for families who are looking for simple lunch and dinner ideas for their kids.
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