I’m always amazed every year when I enter my local big-box store and see all of the ‘back to school’ garb floating around the aisles. I don’t even have to go back to school and it really makes me sad. I’m not a parent, but I can understand that parents might have opposite reactions to their kids going back to school. Sweet, sweet freedom. That might be a bit of a stretch but I know plenty of parents that feel more stress that their children head back to school. Back to school means more chaos and rush and a need for easy dinner meals that are quick to prepare which is why I’m serving up this delicious Five-Ingredient Mango Habanero Chicken Rice Bowl today!
But first, let’s chat a bit about some tips on how to manage the ‘back to school’ stress:
- Plan your week ahead of time: Get as much meal/lunch prep done on your weekend to ensure that your kids and you are all eating healthy throughout the week and that when you get home in the evening you’re not scrambling around to prep and prepare dinner. Make sure to keep in mind all of the after school commitments that your children have so that you know if there will be even more of a time crunch to get your family fed.
- Get to bed on time: This isn’t just for the kids, it’s for parents as well! Parents and children that don’t get enough sleep get really cranky and it won’t help to be sluggish during the day. Summer months can mean that sleep schedules are out the door. One to two weeks before school begins try to get your family back on a regular sleep schedule.
- Create a calendar: Have a large calendar that is visible to the entire family so that everyone knows what is coming up for the week. I only manage my husband and that’s chaotic enough! I can only image how difficult it is to have 1…2…3 children to chase after with after-school activities. If everyone knows the schedule it will be easier to keep them all on the same page.
Meal prep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It will ensure that your family is well-fed healthy and balanced meals. This Five-Ingredient Mango Habanero Chicken Rice Bowl is really easy to prepare on the spot or you can prep ahead of time by marinating the chicken, cubing up the mango and dicing the green onions. I like this rice bowl because it’s packed with flavor and protein. And don’t be afraid of the habanero dressing. It only adds a slight bit of spice that I think your entire family will enjoy.
What are some of the ways that you stay stress-free during back-to-school season?