Airing weekdays at 7:30 A.M. on

Airing weekdays at 7:30 A.M. on

Do you ever feel like your weekend is over before it even started? We know the feeling! Try making these few small changes to take back control:

Set up weekday routines. The more you can accomplish during the week, the more free time you will have to enjoy on the weekends. Establishing daily and weekly routines can help you stay on top of everything you need to do.

Enlist the kids for help with chores. When kids help out around the house, it teaches them a sense of responsibility and instills discipline. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Put on some music as you do the dishes, fold laundry, wash the car or rake leaves.

Consolidate errands. Try to run as many errands as possible throughout the week. Keep a list of the things you need to accomplish on the fridge and cross them off as you go.

Weekend Family Activities

Cook with your kids. The family’s gotta eat, so why not invite the kids into the kitchen and turn meal prep into quality time?! Cooking or baking together helps develop reading, math and chemistry skills, as well as an appreciation for delicious, nutritious food.

Have a family movie night. You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg at the theaters to watch a movie! Pop some kettle corn in the microwave, snuggle up on the couch and throw on something the whole family can enjoy. It’s a fun and cost-effective way to spend time together.

Ditch the idea of perfection. If your house is sometimes messy or you’re too busy to cook one night, don’t stress. Simply try to do the best you can and use the weekends to unwind. If possible, implement a “no work” rule so you can really relax.

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