Finweek English Edition - - ON THE MONEY -

1. Make sure that bags and lunches are packed, and school clothes are ready the night be­fore, to take the stress out of morn­ings.

2. Have a cen­tral fam­ily cal­en­dar where all ac­tiv­i­ties are clearly marked.

3. Von Scha rec­om­mends hav­ing a Stinky Fri­day, al­low­ing the kids to go to bed un­bathed. “You’ll be sur­prised how much time this opens up, and the kids gen­er­ally love it!”

4. Try cook­ing in batches so that you make enough for two or even three meals and then eat left­overs the next night or freeze some meals for later in the week.

5. Use on­line shop­ping or home-cook­ing ser­vices (like Ucook) to avoid be­ing stuck in shops.

6. Al­low tod­dlers to some­times go to school in their py­ja­mas, or even have them sleep in a track­suit and just get up and go in the morn­ing, says Von Scha.

7. In­volve your chil­dren in house­hold chores.

8. Con­sider adopt­ing a ‘dig­i­tal sab­bath’: ban­ning de­vices for a set pe­riod over the week­ends to help your fam­ily con­nect with one an­other.

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