Time to Eat – A Weekly Time Saving Tip and Recipe

This week’s tip: If you have kids at home during the summer,
set up a schedule and structure to your day similar to how your kids’ school
day is organized.

 

My kids are usually home with me 2 days a week during the
summer. On those days we schedule our activities with frequent breaks, similar
to my daughter's 1st grade school schedule. This included school work that her
teacher sent home for the summer. It’s so important to keep kids active in math
and reading during the summer since so much is forgotten during that time.

We
have limited T.V. and computer time, reading, journaling, art, outside time,
snack time and “choice time” where she gets to choose what she wants to do. We
also schedule our lunch together and have quiet time during her brother’s nap
so she can read or play quietly in her room. This allows me some time to catch
up on work, personal business or household chores. She enjoys the variety of
activities and that I am engaged with her throughout the day. We also make
weekly trips to the library and plan other “field trips”. I’ve noticed a huge
difference in her behavior because of this schedule. My daughter thrives on
structure. She needs the routine and change in activities to keep her active
both mentally and physically. This reduces boredom and the inevitable meltdown.

 

 

This week's recipe:


Feta salad

1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 ½ c. chopped grape, cherry or Roma tomatoes

2 c. cooked white rice

1 (4-oz.) pkg. crumbled feta cheese

½ c. chopped celery

½ c. chopped green onion

½ c. Italian dressing

 

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

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