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March 1, 2013

The Evening Rush Hour

by Tracy Jensen

I’ve felt it; perhaps you feel it, too. You just got off work, you are racing to pick up the kids at their afterschool activity, and you are feeling stressed just thinking about what happens next — “crunch time.” When you clock out of your day job and clock in as mom or dad, maid, chef, and chauffeur. The time between when you walk in the door at home and bedtime.

Your to-do list for your kids is long: feed, bathe, homework, sleep – all in about 3.5 hours. Unless there is an activity like soccer or dance, then something is going to get pushed. So which one will you skimp on, time-wise?

The pressure is incredible. It is no wonder almost half of the parents involved in this poll felt like it was too hard to have a healthy family meal every night. Many said they relied on packaged or fast foods to just get to the finish line — foods which are widely blamed for the uptick in obesity rates. Most of the parents involved say they’ve gotten the message about healthy eating. It’s just too hard to fit it all in.

Reading this information, though, was really helpful to me. At least I know I am not alone. It is easier to understand how we got here, but how do we improve without stressing out over having MORE to do? What do you do to avoid feeling like you are being crushed by “crunch time”?

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