Busy with all your responsibilities and to do list? Don’t have time to go to the gym? Are you looking for ways to keep the family active? Here are three circuit workouts the whole family can do at home! Do each circuit three times for a total of 30 minutes.
- 10 burpees
- 20 sit-ups
- 30 jumping jacks
- 20 squat jumps
- 10 pushups
- 1-minute wall sit
- 30-second plank
- 20 crunches
- 10 lunges
- 10 v-ups
- 30 squat jumps
- 30-second superman hold
- 10 inchworms
- 20 crunches
- 30 jumping jacks or 60 jump ropes
Keep your family active and moving with these three quick circuit workouts!
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Summer is over which means it’s time to send your kids back to school! Are you dreading this time of year? Don’t stress! While you may be feeling overwhelmed with the never-ending to-do list, here are ten ways to make the back to school process easier than ever.
- Write out a complete schedule or routine
Make your kids’ (and your) day much easier by writing out a daily and weekly schedule. This is the easiest way to know what to plan for, be on the lookout for what needs to be planned for and prepare for the next day or week. By having an overview of what is coming up, you will be able to not only be extremely prepared for each day and week, but you can establish a sense of organization and planning ahead (which is a great tone and example to set for your kids!).
- Replace your flashcards with Styrofoam cups
Ditch those bottom-of-the-backpack-destined note cards and step up your math game! Take four Styrofoam cups, write numbers 1-10 on the rim of two of the cups, the math operations on one and the equal sign on the other. This way, you will be able to work on those math problems with your kids without worrying about losing the note cards in your child’s backpack.
- Use a mirror as your to-do list
More specifically, utilizing your bathroom mirror as a note-taking place is the best way to keep those important to-dos where you can see them. Each morning you can see what needs to be taken care of and what you need to prepare for.
- Plan out the week’s outfits on Sunday evenings
One of the simplest ways to prepare for the week is to layout outfits for each day of the week. One way to do this is to purchase a closet organizer for each day where you can keep each outfit and shoes in separate containers. If you are running late, this will cut down on time spent getting ready in the morning.
- Color-code your notes
Color coding is a great way to keep your child’s notes organized. Color coding notes, highlighters, pencils and even paper will help your child keep each of his/her class notes and homework separate. This can also be done by color coding your child’s homework schedule. Set time for each class through color-coding on a paper schedule.
- Start a sleep schedule a month before school starts
Get out of the routine of summer and get back into being school ready by sending your kids to bed earlier than normal. While summer is a fun time to spend your days schedule-free, it’s important to get your kids back into a routine. Get started a month early so they can be prepared to get back to school!
- Have after school snacks ready to go
Get ready for the rush of hungry kids! Instead of allowing them to grab those unhealthy snacks, prepare a weekly back to school snack pack! Set them aside each day so you are ready to get your kids refueled after school.
- Create a back to school emergency kit for each child
Going back to school can be a scary time for your children. They can often feel overwhelmed, stressed or scared. Help ease their minds and stress by putting together a back to school emergency kit for them! Put their favorite snacks, toys, books, or anything else that eases their minds so they can bring it with them while they are at school. Just be sure to set clear rules about playing with their toys only during playtime hours!
- Designate study time
Kids want to play, it’s in their nature! Before they begin to play with their toys, set a designated study time for homework to get done. We recommend this be after snack time so they can be refueled and recharged after a long day of education but before it’s time to play. One key incentive here is to use playtime as a motivator to get their homework and study time finished as soon as possible!
- Create a homework caddy
Set up a designated homework station for study time. This should be a place of peace and quiet time where they can work distraction-free. On top of this, create a homework caddy full of the necessary school supplies they need to make homework and study time much more efficient!
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Bills, deadlines, sleep deprivation…three things that make our stomachs churn with anxiety. You are a hard-working and busy adult! Although the stress can begin to pile up, one thing that will stand the test of time is spending family time together. Spending time with the ones we love most has many health benefits. From confidence building to establishing an unbreakable connection and bond, by taking time out of your busy schedule to spend with family, you are not only growing closer but establishing health benefiting habits that will contribute to your overall long-term health. While you are busy planning your kids’ schedules, making all your meetings and being the #boss that you are, here are some tips to keep in mind that will contribute to making lasting memories with your family!
- Be intentional
This is arguably one of the most important pieces of advice. Anybody can plan “just because they can.” For the memories that will make the most impact, take time to go the extra mile to ensure all the finer details are in order. The more time and effort you put in, the better the outcome. Your family will appreciate the effort and you will be beaming with pride when you see just how much fun they are all having.
- Take turns deciding how you’ll spend time together
We all know how important it is to allow children to celebrate their independence by allowing them to make their own decisions. This same rule applies to each of your family members. When deciding how to spend time together making memories, allow each person in your family to put their two cents in by deciding how they think the family should spend their time making memories. A fun suggestion would be to rotate through each of the members of your family and allow them to call the shots when it is their turn.
- Exaggerate and celebrate the “small” things
The small victories we accomplish are the steps to our big goals. Whether you are celebrating your son achieving a gold star on his assignment or celebrating your wife for achieving a project at work, take the time to celebrate these small (but large) things. This shows your family that you are invested in their success and are actively routing for their achievements. These things may seem small to others but most of the time they are a big deal to the person who is working to achieve them.
- Highlight the victories and help them through their times of need
There will be good days and bad days. It is our job as family members to be there through every step of the way. There will be times where we are at our lowest points and times where we reach our highest peaks. One of the best ways to bond with your family members is to establish a place of safety and comfort. A place where each of your family members can celebrate their successes and be consoled during their times of need.
- Experience new activities together
Experiencing a new adventure is a great way to heighten the senses and make lasting memories. Doing this with family is a great way to create a lasting impact. Some ways to do this are to establish goals together as a family and work toward them together, try new restaurants, see new places together or simply shake up your weekly routine with something new!
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