Tips for organising your kids after school activities

It’s funny how when our children are born, we tell ourselves we are NOT going to load our children up with after-school activities, but, before we know it, we find ourselves *living in our car*, and it can easily happen if you have a child, or children who love to be involved in other activities and sports such as boxing training.

So, how do you manage it all? It all seems so easy when you are signing them up for everything, but, when it comes time to running around it can be overwhelming, especially if you have more than one child.

  • Start planning a few months in advance, find out what your child is interested in, so you can find out what’s *out there*. From here you can figure out what activities or sports you kid should try.
  • Set limits from the start, while you want to put your child in everything they want to do, you should try and base activities around your lifestyle, it will benefit the whole family.
  • Don’t forget to set aside time for home work. Depending on schedules, set aside an hour for homework before or after after-school activities and enforce the rule.
  • Prepare for the weeks activities on a Sunday. Start and maintain this as a *family* thing, so the parents don’t do all the work. Give your child a list of the activities he or she will be doing for the week and ensure all their gear is packed and ready. This will avoid the *I forgot my gloves for boxing training*.
  • Create a calendar – It’s important to keep all the information on sports and classes, parties and other events all in one place, it helps keep everyone updated and stops a lot of confusion – everyone knows WHAT they are doing and when they are doing it.
  • Keep some healthy snacks with you. Depending on your schedule, you might be out till dinner time or after, so try and take some snacks with you, hungry kids can be grumpy kids and after a day at work, you don’t want that. Keep some snacks in the car that will last, like muesli bars.
  • Try and stay calm, it’s okay if you are late sometimes. If you are rushing around you get stressed and that’s dangerous when you are on the road. Tell yourself, you’re not the first person to ever be late, it’s not the end of the world.
  • Be smart when it comes to planning meals. If you have boxing training until 7.30 at night, make it the night you go out to dinner, grab a takeaway or prepare something simple when you get home. Don’t try making a huge nutritious meal you’ll just overwhelm yourself. When you have days with no activities, then opt for the bigger, healthier home cooked meals.