Stress Free Bedtime Routines Hack #3: Set Up Before Kids Get Home

I don’t know about you, but since the moment I pick up my daughters from school, I want to be able to be as present as possible. Therefore, I try to make as many things ahead as possible, so I can focus on them. These are some things I do as the day goes on:

  • Before picking up my daughters from school, I go to their bathroom to verify they have everything they need for their bath/ shower. They have body soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair brush, towels or bathrobes, moisturizing cream, deodorant… in its place and easily accessible in the bathroom. That way, I don’t have to try to find this stuff while we are dealing with baths at night.
  • Prepare afternoon snacks, so they waiting for the kids as soon as they get home. If they have an after school activity we need to get to right after school, I pack their snack bags, so they’re ready when I need to head out the door.
  • Prepare dinner as far in advance as I can. If I can’t fully cook dinner or leave it in the crock pot, I do as many things in advance as I can (i.e. chop veggies).

What things can you do ahead of time, so you can be more present with your kids? What things can you do ahead of time, so you don’t have to spend time on them later in the evening as bedtime approaches?

Much love, Diana-

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