We are talking mom to mom about parenting here! And best time management of course. We cannot be the working mom, the manager, the top parent and the busy mom without some helpful time management tips from this top motherhood blog.
Our tip is to recognize that we don’t have just one special day this year, we can have at least another five and they help us busy moms enormously. Because the festivities are not all on one day; they are in lots of days before.
We can split up the holiday season into five parts, each with a memorable and time-efficient day that cancels the condensed period of stress and the rush for multitasking towards the end of December which always leaves us exhausted.
We need a kids-friendly day to top up on last year’s decorations. So, make your shopping fun with a careful search using our KidFriendlyVenues app and select the category” Arts, Crafts and Music.” Our thinking is that all those incredible artistic people will be selling their unique pieces in their gift shops for Christmas and your kids will not get bored of looking around them. Anything from balloons to dried fruit wreaths, wool baubles to gingerbread houses will all make for a great day out.
KFV approved venue: Christkindlmarket at 50 W. Washington Street. Also at Chicago, Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville and RiverRdge Park in Aurora.
You may want to spend some extra time before Christmas meeting up with all your colleagues for that crazy office party so some ditching of one or two home tasks is needed. To maintain quality time with one’s family cannot be neglected of course so take up your phone and check out the KidFriendlyVenues app for the category “Food/Eating Establishments”. A treat for your kids can be a light early evening meal of pastry, pie or milk shake at a quaint old fashioned coffee shop that is sure to please. You can be home in time to dress up in style and the kids are relaxed…..everyone happy!
KFV approved venue: The Treehouse Play Cafe in Lake Zurich, Illinois
There is many a family with children whose birthdays fall close to the Christmas season. Two celebrations, but not necessarily twice the challenge. KidFriendlyVenues app has loads of suggestions for you. Under the category “Sports, Recreation and Hobbies” you will find plenty of venues for every kind of young, developing character. These arty people have events that are focused on the free time that children can use to enjoy something different. You can have the best birthday festivities ever at many a ball game, cinema or gym club and there is not a holiday shopping crowd in sight! No time wasted trying to find parking, for example. High Five!
KFV approved venue: the Schaumburg Boomers play at Wintrust Field, also known as “mini Wrigley Field.”
Your teens are growing up fast and they test you out with their bid for freedom. Fortunately, there are super KidFriendlyVenues for teenagers and all can be found on our app under the category “Teens”. While your youthful children wobble, fall and spin around the skating rink or fly like Spiderman at an indoor gym, you can be in a softer world on your comfy seat in the viewer’s area with coffee and cake to savor. It’s your kids-free day but with a bit of cheating to make it happen. No worries!
KFV approved venue: The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park.
The presents have been opened and the food all eaten. The holidays will stretch to another few days and everyone will want some fresh air and exercise to negate the indulgences. There’s no need to tax the brain, just use the KidFriendlyVenues app and search under “Historical/Geographic Site Seeing” and some more helpful suggestions of places to visit with your family will pop up for you to browse. Not only can your kids get exercise, but they learn some interesting facts from history or nature at the same time.
KFV approved venue: Navy Pier, Chicago