How to make lazy Sundays even lazier for moms with multiple kids
Our modern world keeps moms and kids very, very busy. However, sometimes it’s nice to relax with a lazy Sunday once in a while, it doesn’t cost money and doesn’t require all your energy. Of course, it’s hard to make a day lazy when you’re caring for multiple kids, unless you have the right tips and tricks to help you out. Here’s how to make your next lazy Sunday even lazier if you’re a mom with multiple kids.
Plan ahead with simple meals
One of the most time-consuming parts of a mom’s day is preparing meals for the family. However, there are plenty of tricks to help moms cut down on mealtimes, so they can enjoy a lazy Sunday.
On-the-go items are great for breakfast and lunch, especially if everyone in the house doesn’t like the same things. You can keep the pantry stocked with easy-to-prepare breakfast options like bagels, Pop-Tarts, or instant oatmeal. Then for lunch, you can always make quick heat options, sandwiches, or Lunchables. It allows everyone to fend for themselves and eat when hungry, and it gives kids options they can create on their own to practice independence.
Slow cooker meals are easy to make for dinner and can often be made ahead. Usually these meals only require a little prep, then you throw it all in the slow cooker to simmer throughout the day. And, if you don’t know what to do, there are plenty of slow cooker cookbooks out there.
Enjoy pajamas and movies
If Sunday isn’t already your movie marathon day, you’re definitely missing an opportunity to make your lazy Sundays more relaxed. There’s nothing better than gathering all the kids around the television and taking turns selecting which movies to watch as a family. And since the plan is to enjoy a lazy day, no one needs to dress up!
You don’t even have to sit on the couch either. You can easily turn the floor into a fun space with sleeping bags and pillows or a comfy air mattress and fluffy blankets. Or, if your kids are still young enough, you can create a blanket fort that opens up to the TV, so they can watch movies from their fort.
You do not know what to watch? Well, Disney+ and Hulu both offer free trials, while Amazon offers free movies to watch. Or, if you don’t want to deal with streaming platforms, you can check out your nearest Redbox location to rent DVDs or Blu-rays.
Get out the board games
Board games are another great way to bond as a family right in your home. They don’t require a lot of energy or setup, and they can be a lot of fun.
The great thing about board games is all the things they teach your kids, according to Scholastic. Children learn skills such as strategy, critical thinking, sharing, taking turns, teamwork and cooperation by playing board games. They can also improve language skills and help teach reading. Plus, board games provide a great opportunity for your family to bond and create lasting memories around the table or in a blanket fort on the floor.
And, of course, they don’t require tech, making them great for families looking for opportunities to unplug.
There are plenty of board games for preschoolers and toddlers, but there are also fun games for tweens and teens. And, if you prefer, card games are just as great and require even less setup or preparation.
Be intentional with technology
Lazy Sundays really can be lazy if you like, and sometimes it’s just about giving the kids something new to enjoy. In fact, some parents say spending time with electronics is a great way to do this. However, the important thing here is that you have to be intentional with it or else it will backfire.
Here’s what I mean: if your kids are allowed to play with their iPads every day, spending an hour with them on Sundays isn’t exactly exciting. This can lead to children complaining of being “bored”, which ruins the interest of a lazy Sunday. However, if you’re offering something different (like spending time with a video game) or don’t normally allow them to use an iPad, this break can be helpful.
Just be sure to try to make the lazy day involve other activities, because doing the same thing over and over again becomes somewhat monotonous and the kids will start complaining.
Lazy Sundays can be a lot of fun, but they can also become a lot of work for mothers of multiple children. I hope these suggestions can help your family make your lazy Sunday even better!
Sources: Food Delivery Guru, Redbox, Scholastic