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Don’t Miss the Bus! 4 Tips to Make Your Morning Better

By Guest Blogger Rebecca Rescate

Let’s be real parents. Getting the kids out the door during the school year can be chaotic. At some point we all fall into a routine of raising our voices and frantically rushing. It’s time to tame the madness. Use our four time-tested tips to keep morning mayhem to a minimum.

TIP 1 – Prep the Day Beforehand
When your child gets home from school have them prepare for the following day right away. Provide bus #2your child a simple list of three things they need to do such as pack their lunch, prep their school bag, pick out the next day’s outfit, etc. before allowing them to swing into their evening routine or veg out.

Having your child to get ready for school a day in advance teaches them important lessons in preparedness, priority setting and time management. It also relieves you of the stress and responsibility of doing these things for them at the last minute when they are running late.

TIP 2 – Time Block the Morning
Time blocking is a time-management technique of reserving a segment of time in your day for a certain task. Used by top executives, this technique can be taught to children as young as five.

Review your child’s morning routine and block tasks into bite-size time chunks of 15 minutes. For example, my children’s morning routine takes 45 minutes and they have 15 minutes to get through each set of tasks.
Time Block 1 (15 Minutes) – Get dressed, brush your teeth & hair, make your bed
Time Block 2 (15 Minutes) – Eat breakfast
Time Block 3 (15 Minutes) – Put on shoes, jacket and backpack and go to bus stop
TOTAL – 45 Minutes

Time-blocking helps children see large tasks as less overwhelming and teaches them to be mindful of time throughout tasks instead of rushing at the end.

TIP 3 – Shift the Clock
It’s time to throw out the credo “never wake a sleeping baby”. Kids look adorable when they are sleeping but don’t let that convince you to give your child 5-10 more minutes of shut-eye and put off the inevitable. Those minutes are the difference between you having a peaceful morning routine or pulling your hair out as they sprint for the bus. If 5-10 minutes of additional sleep are what your childs needs, let it be a sign to shift their bedtime earlier rather than throwing your morning into chaos.

TIP – Morning Priorities Come First
One habit of highly successful people is they do the painful tasks first. If you allow your child to watch TV or play video games in the morning and then scramble at the last minute to get ready for school you are encouraging and teaching them to procrastinate. Set the stage that your child has to be prepared and ready for school before they can kick back. They won’t thank you today but they will when they are in their twenties.

About Rebecca Rescate
Rebecca Rescate is a three-time business owner and mother of three children ages 8, 6 & 5. With her latest venture 3·Purpose Inc., Rescate is pioneering a new category of products, visual products for creative minds. www.3purpose.com

Tips for Improved Work-Life Balance

By Guest Blogger Rebecca Rescate

A healthy work-life balance is achieved when we are mindful of our priorities and time down to the minute. As we enter into October, National Work and Family Month, it is the perfect time to reflect on how we all can achieve a healthier work-life balance. Read our top five tips below to help you strike a better balance in your life.

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TIP 1 – Stick to your Priorities.
On a daily basis we take part in high priority and low priority tasks. High priority tasks add great value to our lives and are typically things such as family, work, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, etc. Low priorities add little value to our lives and are typically things such as watching TV, socializing, commuting, etc.
With only 24 hours in a day, it is important to focus the better part of every day on high priority tasks. Reflect on what your top three priorities are this year and write them down. Before you begin a new task categorize it as high or low priority. If your task is not of high priority, consider limiting the time you spend on this task or eliminating it from your schedule altogether.

TIP 2 – Schedule your Week in Advance
Scheduling your week in advance is an essential part of having a healthy work-life balance. Doing so allows you time to visualize your week before it begins, to time block important high priority work into your schedule and to eliminate time wasted between tasks normally spent on planning what to do next.

Taking this high level view of your week not only allows you to be more efficient, it also allows you the opportunity to set aside essential down time for yourself weekly as a reward for your hard work.

TIP 3 – Eliminate the ‘Big Three’ Time Wasters
It is easier to achieve a healthy work-life balance if your days are focused on activities that add value to you. Americans spend on average over 6 hours per day on social media (3.2 hours), watching TV (2.8 hours), and socializing with coworkers (.75 hours). Eliminating these time wasters free your mind and schedule for higher value activities.

TIP 4 – Streamline your Day-to-Day Tasks
Every minute is just as valuable as the last. It is not possible to eliminate every low priority task from your schedule but by streamlining everyday tasks and saving yourself just 15 minutes a day, you can free up 91.25 hours every year!

Where can you save time? Instead of waiting for coffee to brew, set it to auto-brew in advance (time saved – 5 minutes a day). Shorten your beauty routine to 20-minutes (time saved – 30 minutes a day). Double batch your dinner and freeze ½ of it as a meal for another day (time saved – 30 minutes per meal).

TIP 5 – Use Parkinson’s Law to Your Advantage
Parkinson’s law is the adage that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. If you give yourself a day to complete a task, it invariably will take a day to complete. Begin expecting more of yourself in less time from your morning email check to finishing a week-long project in less time.

About National Work and Family Month
National Work and Family Month was created in 2003 to celebrate the progress of employers reducing work-life conflict for employees and creating healthier and more flexible work environments.

About Rebecca Rescate
Rebecca Rescate is a three-time business owner and mother of three children ages 8, 6 & 5. With her latest venture 3·Purpose Inc. Rescate is pioneering a new category of products, visual stationary for creative minds. www.3purpose.com

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Food Fights on Thanksgiving

Guest Blog Post:

If you’re anticipating Thanksgiving with a bit of anticipation, it may be because of the shopping, the

lengthy preparation, or the guests. But if you’re a parent, it could be the fact that your child likely won’t eat anything on the table! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole-really all kid repellent!

Many parents know that their children are likely to fill up on cheese and crackers from the appetizer table, and not touch a piece of a turkey. Children are not at all tricked by the term sweet potato. To them it doesn’t taste sweet like a donut; it’s still a potato! And roasted vegetables? Where’s the ranch dressing to dip them in.

After years of struggling with my children, I figured out-they aren’t likely to eat much of anything on the table, and especially crazy Aunt Judy’s cucumber Jell-O salad. I am not offended that my children won’t chow down on food they aren’t familiar with, but the relatives who broiled, baked and sautéed for days on end, they may be offended. They don’t understand that for a four year old, dressing is a pretty foreign concept. And a turkey thigh is very far removed from a chicken nugget.

The best advice for any holiday meal is to give you children a myriad of choices on their plate. Try to give them a bit of everything, and set them down at the kids table with an encouraging “please try a bite of everything, you never know what you will like!” Your child may not try everything, heck, they may not try anything! But you put the effort in to introduce them to the feast.

Many times this is the best we can ask for. Children need to see and eat something dozens of times before it’s comfortable for them. For this reason, toddlers and preschoolers are unlikely to eat much of what is presented to them at Thanksgiving. Tell great Aunt Judy, it’s not personal, it’s developmental. And then make up for your thanksgiving clip art kid not eating the scary Jell-O salad and have a second helping. Remember, it’s just one meal. So relax and try not to stress out about it.

Share with us your tips and trick to get your picky eater to try new food at Thanksgiving.