A Guide to Juggling After-School Activities

The world may not be in a perfect state, but in some ways, life is starting to return to normal. It feels so good to finally be able to do things we haven't been able to do for the best part of two years.

I am so happy that my daughter can finally participate in lots of after school activities. However, life has become somewhat, busy! It only occurred to me this week how many after-school clubs my daughter is actually in. So far, we have archery on Tuesdays, tri-golf on Wednesdays and Brownies on a Thursday evening - so life has been a little busy.

In other words, you need to survive the afternoon activity juggle. By planning ahead and managing time efficiently, you will have a better chance of your routine being successful. However, not only that, it can also provide a good opportunity to teach important skills to young children.

It isn't always easy, but it is definitely something that can work with your whole family. We have managed to get the juggling act in sync for this term and I want to share some tips to help you and your family juggles all the those afternoon activities with your everyday life.

Plan Ahead

When you forget to plan out the details of your schedule, it's easy to become overwhelmed by everything you have to do. Plan ahead so you can handle everything on time. Organise your routine by including appointments, after-school clubs, work projects and time with loved ones. You can stay on top of these things during the week if you plan them into your schedule.

With so many activities after school, I was worried that this would make meal times very difficult. My daughter finishes most of her classes by 4.30pm, which is plenty of time to organise meal times. However, one of her classes doesn't finish until 7.15pm, which is really close to her bedtime. But there is some time in between so we can share a family meal together. In truth, though, I prefer planning slow cooker meals for those days because they are simple and hassle-free.

Snacks On The Go

As parents, we all know that children love snacks. They'll eat them anytime, anywhere. In fact, my daughter would live off snacks if she had it her way. Goal Power are the perfect nutritious snack for kids on the go! An exciting new snack brand for children is launching across Europe with the goal of getting kids up and moving away from their screens. Goal Power match boxes encourage kids to get up, out and move with a delicious, nutritious oat bar and a fun football card game that teaches them football facts and skills.

These yummy oat bars packed with nutrition, handcrafted for little ones and available in two tasty flavours: Strawberry and Blueberry. They are made with 40% wholegrain oats, creamy coconut, dates, pea protein, crunchy sunflower seeds, and fruit. Yummy!

The fruity oat bars are all natural with no added sugar, are high in fibre, gluten-free, palm oil-free and made using a nut-free recipe. With all the goodness they need to set themselves a new goal and work towards it, these fruity oat bars are perfect for lunch boxes, bags or pockets.

Get the Activity Bags Ready

With a full on schedule it makes sense to be as prepared as you can. So everyone must get into the habit of packing their activity bags the night before and keep them in a place so you can grab and go when needed.

Be Efficient With Your Time

It may seem like you have many things on your plate, but are you using your time effectively? By becoming more efficient with your time, you can be more flexible and actually succeed with the after-school activity juggle.

You will no doubt have some time to kill during after-school activities. Be efficient with your time. Our weekly shop can be done when my daughter is at her girl-guiding session on a Thursday evening, which frees up time on the weekend. I have an hour and a half on a Tuesday when she has archery so I can do laundry, iron or check e-mails.

Embrace Your Car Time and Have Fun

With all these after-school activities, you'll be spending more time in the car. Make it count. Try an audio book that everyone can enjoy, or switch on the radio to listen to Fun Kids UK for a little sing-a-long. Why not play a game of spelling together? My daughter loves being tested on her spellings, so we spend time in the car as a family to help her learn.