After school is my favorite time of the day. The morning rush is over, my kids arrive home one at a time and I get a chance to chat with them one on one. Dinner time is still a couple hours away.
I have only 3 requirements for the after school time block. If we get these 3 things in, I feel like the afternoon has been a “success.” None of them are hard to do and they help me to reconnect with my kids after they’ve been away at school.
3 Things to Do with your Kids After School
1. Connect (like really connect).
After school, I try to give them my full attention. We talk about their day and mine. I want my kids to look forward to coming home and seeing the rest of the family. Even if it’s only a few minutes after school, the time to connect is important.
2. Discuss reminders for the rest of the day.
I don’t like to spring chores or other activities on my kids. I don’t think it’s fair to them and I hate having to rush them. So if I need them to do something later on, I’ll let them know right after school.
These reminders are usually things like:
- Don’t forget, we’re leaving for soccer practice at 5.
- Do you need to do your laundry today?
- Is there anything special you need for school tomorrow?
- Please plan to take the dog for a walk before dinner.
3. Give them a snack.
I don’t know about you, but when my kids descend on the house after school, they are hungry! As in hangry hungry! As in I think they could devour the kitchen like locusts if snacks are not to be found and quick. The after school snack is non-negotiable.
I’ve just concocted a new after school snack for the boys.
This creamy yogurt dip is the perfect marriage of easy, healthy, and delicious! Kids can scoop it up with carrots or apples or spread it on celery. Or why not spread it on graham crackers for an even yummier treat?
I used Yoplait’s Greek yogurt, bought at Walmart, as the main ingredient in this snack because of the high protein content. And this kid-friendly snack is a winner because you can make it ahead of time. This dip fairly demands pairing with some kind of fruit or veggie for dipping. Plus, it’s yummy!
Creamy Yogurt Dip Recipe
1 carton Yoplait Greek 100 yogurt (any flavor)
4 oz. light cream cheese
Soften cream cheese slightly (about 15-20 seconds in the microwave should do it). Mix with yogurt and enjoy.
Serve with veggies or fruit for dipping.
Bonus points to you, mom, if you use this creamy yogurt dip to make funny faces!
I bought my Yoplait Greek Yogurt at Walmart. Did you know they also have these handy fridge packs to help keep your refrigerator organized? Love this idea! #SnackAndSmile
What things are important for you during that after school time?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.