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I used to hate the kids' activity time. Driving them around at crazy hours and waiting for their practice to end made my days a living nightmare. After you see one karate practice, it's enough, right? I was wasting tons of time, especially when I was vegging out in my car thinking about all the things I could have been doing at home in the meantime. But in the new school year, when the boys’ interests changed, I took some time and researched providers of sports activities. I found a place where they could both swim and play basketball. But the real clincher was the fact that the sports hall was close to my favourite jogging route and a very short drive from the shopping mall. Suddenly, I was able to quickly take care of the groceries (with a bit of shoe shopping on the side), but most importantly, I started fulfilling a promise to myself to take some time only for me without sacrificing family time. Can't beat that!
Katarina, 40, mother of two sporty boys
I love listening to my kids' chatter on our way to school and daycare. But with three of them in the backseat, it can turn into a loud quarrel way too quickly. And I desperately need some quiet time after the morning hysteria. So my wife and I have a few quick fixes up our sleeve. Incredibly, playing the ‘quiet game’ works miracles. The children's competitiveness is a real blessing sometimes!
Peter, 32, father of three happily loud kids
Crazy mornings used to lead to a crazy day at work. Time definitely wasn’t on my side. Then I remembered that as a child I had to prepare my clothes every evening for the next day, and I decided to do a trial run of this method. Before bedtime, I annoyed my kids with the same chore and made my frustrated husband set the table for breakfast, just after clearing all the dirty dishes from supper. I, on the other hand, chose my lipstick for the next day, hoping we had saved enough time for me to actually put on my make-up at home, as opposed to applying it while waiting in traffic. Well, although we spent some time on preparations, we still managed to have our usual evening cuddle. And what a difference that next morning made! No shouting, no crying, and yes, my make-up was on before we headed for the car. Obviously, we've been doing the routine ever since!
Ana, 35, mother of two dreamy kids
Everything always seemed fine, until we locked the door and made our way to the garage. Being a mom in a business suit, snow, sand and puddles were my biggest enemies, and, sadly, the biggest joy for my mud-loving boys. The notion of dirty shoes didn’t worry them at all. However, a well-known fact to me was that dirt from their shoes all too often ended up on my clothes. Lifting them in and out of the car and buckling them up was always a disaster just waiting to happen. So after a few embarrassments at work I now simply have a few spare clothes and shoes in my trunk for myself and the kids. I’m not nagging them all the time and I have a back-up plan, just-in-case.
Veronika, 37, mother of two messy boys
One day, when I had to leave for work earlier than usual, I realized that the school parking lot hadn’t filled up yet and that the rush hour traffic wasn’t very heavy. Thinking about it, I figured out that I could probably save up to half an hour if I left for work earlier. My son was an early riser anyway, and I always felt a bit guilty for spending so much time parking in front of the school and wasting time in traffic, not having as much time for our afternoon forest adventures. That day, I asked my boss if I could come in and leave early every day and she was perfectly fine with it. Actually, our clients even appreciated our expanded working time. It turned out to be a total win-win situation.
Barbara, 29, busy mother of an adventurous boy