Making Time For Play

Tuesdays. Yuck. Some people loathe Monday’s, for me, it’s Tuesdays.  We hit the ground running at 7:30am and once you factor in after school activities, we don’t stop until 9:30pm at night.  This my friends gives Tuesday the distinct possibility of becoming a very bad no good kind of day. 

After a couple of frantic Tuesdays, that saw my two daughters eating their main meal of the day in the car and all three of us near tears by bedtime, I decided it was time to find a way to tackle this crazy busy day.  I gave up a career I loved to stay home with my girls, no way was I going to lose one day of every week to stress and panic. I had to put a little fun back into the day.  Find a way to stop running and find a little joy! 

Here are my tricks and tips on how to put fun and joy back into every day.

I started by fixing my Tuesday.

The main meal on Tuesdays is now lunchtime.  I pull the girls out of school at lunch, bring them home and a hot yummy lunch is ready and waiting for then. 

The new rule at lunch.  No TV!  (This applies every day.)  Guess what?  With the meal ready to go, that healthy lunch is consumed in a snap and we have time to hang out and even get outside and play! 

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The weather has been beautiful here lately!  A quick swing in the backyard, a game of fetch with the dog, a walk to the mailbox and a quick ride on the scooter. These may not be lengthy activities, but they give me time to interact with my girls, find out what’s on their minds, and gives them time to unwind and recharge before they have to go back to school and tackle the rest of their busy day.  A teeny bit of fresh air can really help!

After school pick ups. We plan ahead.  They know they have to hustle to the car but we try and make driving or “commuting” time to their after school activities enjoyable.  Favourite Cd’s locked and loaded in the car, and of course dinner and dessert…mmm Kinder anyone…on the way!  We dance and sing, I generally embarrass my 12 year old at every single stop light.  I’m a Mom, it’s my job. 

KinderEggIt seems life has become very hectic, trying to cram in the must do activities, homework, play dates and downtime. One thing I think we must never forget is how fast and fleeting childhood really is!  These babies grow up far too quickly and I plan to pack each and every day with fun and joy.  Thanks to Kinder for the gentle reminder 🙂


Disclosure: I’m part of the KINDER® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. When my daughter hit her senior year it really hit home how quickly the time goes by. I am so thankful to still have my lil miss at home and am a much kinder gentler mom for it. Not worth sweating the small stuff.

  2. ooo this sounds really fun…will you be my mom and pull me out of work on tuesdays? smiles.

  3. Oh, you’ve made me go back in time in my mind, to my own grade school days, when we actually had an hour for lunch. It was glorious! I’ve been working for CPS for so long (2 freakin’ decades!!) that all I know now is the standard 20 minute lunch, which is actually about 12 minutes once you get the kids through the lunch line and settled at the tables. 🙁 I wish the city would get with the program.

  4. lol… i’m with brian.. will you be my mom too!!!!

  5. I can’t believe how hectic school and sports schedule can be. I think it is awesome that you pull them out for lunch and fun.

  6. I love the idea of no tv while eating!

  7. What a great plan. Way to go at making your Tuesday’s workable!

  8. You are truly a supermom any kids would love to have a mom like you.

  9. I don’t think my comment stuck on your last post, but it was basically don’t quit! 🙂

    I love your ideas for handling this day. Mine is Wednesday, and I’m going to try and make mine like your Tuesday. Great job mama!

  10. Your kids can leave for lunch??? that is way cool. Great ideas here Mama. YOU rock!!!

  11. I loved KinderEggs when I was a kid in Germany–now I live in NC and can’t find them 🙁

  12. Very good reminder. I really need to shut the TV off a lot more often.

  13. Great tips, thanks for sharing 🙂

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