Welcome back to the ORGANIZED Work-At-Home Challenge! You can find the beginning of this challenge *here*.
Once a week, I like to have a special day devoted to doing fun things as a family. It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind of dishes, laundry, and child training, that it’s good to step back and remember just what fun your kids (and husband) really can be.
I call this Family/Bag Day, since the only ‘job’ I do that day (besides the maintenance chores of dishes and laundry) is to empty out and restock the diaper bag.
What sort of things do we like to do on Family Day?
- Go out to the park if the weather’s nice
- Go for a stroller ride around the mall
- Get milkshakes or ice cream
- Visit the McDonald’s Playpen
- Visit a friend and let our kids play
- Drop the Kids off with the Grandparents for DATE NIGHT! My favorite! (see what fun Date Nights we have on $15 or less!)
Of course, before any trip with kids, there’s always the need to repack the bags. It’s the time to dump out all the odds ‘n’ ends (and wrappers) that have collected and repack everything. If done every week, this is a two minute job, so no excuses.
If you have more than one young child, I highly, highly recommend getting a backpack instead of a traditional diaper bag with handles. Being able to throw it on your back and still have both hands free, is a total game-changer that makes any out-of-the-home trip less daunting.
I’m a minimalist packer, since I hate carrying around a heavy load wherever I go. I cut it down to the bare necessities:
- Diapers (I use cloth)
- A spare outfit for each boy
- My nursing cover
- Wallet, phone, and keys
- When Matthias was younger and didn’t weigh a hundred tons, my Didymos Wrap (because again, hands-free-ness is awesome)
- And this amazing Potette potty seat, which folds up and fits perfectly in my bag.
(Ah, yes… the Mommy Blogs. Where you can post pictures of toilets and no one thinks twice) 😉
You can find the Potette on Amazon here (this is a reimbursement-free referral).
So your last challenge for this week is to make up a fun list of activities that you can take your little ones to. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. You don’t even have to have all of your family present. (Usually it’s just the boys and I during the day and my husband takes me on a date that night.) The important thing is to take time to enjoy your family members, take a break from the everyday craziness, and remind yourself that yes, you can be that fun Mom.
I’d love to hear of your budget and realistic ideas for family fun! Or, perhaps, your diaperbag essential? I’m always looking for inspiration!