When you are a working mother, you are usually required to work twice as hard. You have a (full-time) job and at the end of the day you have to go home and work another full time job.This usually means that you have to take your kids to all kinds of different places.
If you feel as though you are running to different places all the time, you are probably going to be needing these tips for managing your kids’ after school activities more efficiently.
Parents that only have one child are usually able to take care of their children’s extra activities easier. The problem comes when you have more than one child.
You start to experience more and more problems. You may find it extremely difficult in order to keep up with everything you are supposed to do and activities that your children are involved in.
Not to mention, you have to deal with taking care of your home.
You should decide as a family what is the absolutely most important things to do. Is it eating meals together every evening?
Will your child activities keep you from achieving that goal? How about the financial aspect of being involved with sports or after school activities.
Will it end up placing a strain on the families entire budget if your child participates in these sports?
What would happen if the extra money was required for them to participate?
It can depend on how many children you actually have. You may want to limit each child to one after school activity per season.
It is extremely easy and common for a child to want to participate in everything. You need to help them realize that some practices or planned activities may get in the way of each other. Which means they will miss activities in the end.
By limiting the amount of sports your children can play or different organizations they can join, scheduling conflicts will be less likely to occur.
You should think about the time that each activity is going to require. A lot of sports will have practice at least twice a week. Whereas, the games will likely be held on the weekended.
Non sporting activities such as scouting or music may also require week and weekend attendance. For this reason, if your child has too much going on, they will end up having to miss some activities, because they cannot do two things at the same time.
You should get a big calendar that will allow you to put together and track the schedules for each family member.
You should assign each family member a color in order to easily be able to see who is participating in what activities throughout the week.
You can expect to have some conflicts every now and then. Especially when you have more than one child, and they are involved in similar kinds of activities.
When you do experience a conflict, you should ask people that you know to help you by taking one of your children while you are with your other.
You should not get upset or panic if your child cannot make it to every single activity, practice, or game. This can and will happen to virtually everyone.
You should pay attention to your children’s grades. If you notice that their grades are beginning to slip, they may be participating in too many after school activities, and you may need to cut back on them. They need to understand that school comes before everything.