Sunday’s are supposed to be a day of rest, right? Honestly, I doubt too many of us are enjoying lazy Sundays anymore. We have activities all week long and then even more into the weekend. We try to cram everything into our days so that we are great and super involved parents. We try to be present and constantly creating memories. It’s true! The truth is though that in order to be successful at any of these we have to have some time set aside to prepare. We also need some time to relax. I do declare that Sunday naps should be a thing for everyone, but if you can’t get a Sunday nap then at least you can help yourself to be prepared for the week ahead in these 5 ways.
For me, I’ve found that routine is the biggest help. It allows me to do the same thing the same way at least one day a week. This sets me up for success. Routine is also really great for small children who are still trying to make sense of the world around them. So it’s really a win/win for your family. I started this routine because I was tired of running around like a chicken with my head cut off on Monday morning when I wanted to go to the park versus being stuck in the house. We’re still having nice warm weather after all.
How do you plan for the week ahead?
Change the sheets/clear the bedside stand | Ladies, I suggest shaving your legs while you’re at it. I mean is there any more glorious feeling than clean sheets with clean shaven legs? I know this seems like so much work, but the payoff is so worth it. At the very least, you want to declutter your room and have clean sheets to start off the week. It makes everything seem that much more bearable.
Check your calendar | If we’re preparing for the week ahead, we better know what we’re facing. This is a great time to host a family meeting. You can go over the plans for the week together. This means that everyone is on the same page about who is picking up little Timmy from soccer practice! This means he never gets left behind. You gotta love that!
Clean out the pantry/fridge | It’s a thankless job but someone has to do it. The longer food waits around in the fridge the less appetizing the smell and who wants to deal with mold? No one that’s who! So just go and do a clean sweep once a week to make sure that everything in there is fresh and use anything that is close to expiring in your Sunday dump meal!
Kid Check | This is a great time to plan out what they’ll wear for the week and have it in a special area. It’s also a great time to look through their backpack and check for any administrative paperwork that needs to be attended too. We don’t want Suzy to miss that field trip to the zoo next week because you won’t hear the end of it. I know! You can ask my mom!
Rest | This isn’t counter-intuitive. It will really help you to be ready for the week. It’s self-care for yourself and it allows you to just be for a few minutes. You can enjoy letting being in charge going to the wayside.
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