Creative Child May 2020 - Page 29

• IT PAYS DIVIDENDS TO INVEST IN THE KIDS FIRST. The order of things matters, at least in my family. By filling the kids’ buckets first, I find it better equips them to fill ours. For instance, I decided to do the candle project first before doing my taxes. In attending to my kids’ needs first, I find this leaves them more willing to give me my time and play by themselves. • STICK TO A CONSISTENT MEALTIME. To preempt a nuclear hangry meltdown, stick to timely meals. While you’re at it, having a loose menu planned out for the week greatly takes the stress out of meal planning as well. 28