“Anticipation is a happiness trigger. So every Sunday, make a fun discussion out of the question, 'What are you looking forward to this week?'” ― Valorie Burton, Parents.com
How We’re Spending Our Sundays
Fridays seem to have a “drop everything and leave it till Sunday” mentality. But you should finish off your work/school week with your kids with a “backpack dump”. This means seeing what homework needs to be done, what forms need to be signed, and getting all the mundane out of the way. This way you’re still in that work mentality from the day and tacking on that extra half hour gives you time to plan your weekend knowing what your kids have to get accomplished.
Clean for 15 minutes a day and try doing a few loads of laundry throughout the week so you don’t spend all Sunday drowning in chores. The Sunday scaries are bad enough without the looming necessity of chore day.
How We’re Keeping Schedules Straight
Parenting is difficult. Scheduling is difficult. Doing both at the same time can be a nightmare. That’s why we love the Cozi app. Believe it or not, this is #notanad. It’s simple. It’s intuitive. And the kicker? It’s free. Track everyone’s schedules and never (rarely) miss a pick up again.
You can also make grocery lists, throw your to-dos in there, and store your favorite recipes. Even if you don’t have kids, this is a pretty solid scheduling app for your day to day life.
How We’re Doing Groceries
There are hundreds of ways to do grocery shopping these days that make your life much easier. We’ve tried AmazonFresh and love the convenience of having it delivered straight to your door. Plus, they pack the grocery bags with iced water bottles so you’ll have drinking water for the whole week (although not entirely eco-friendly).
If you’re more of a go-to-the-grocery-story type, the app Grocery IQ syncs your grocery list with another person’s so that if you pick up eggs and cross it off, they will see it’s been done so you don’t double up. Anything to make grocery shopping a little easier and a little less time consuming is a win for post-work-parenting.