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    Rachael Fritz

    Rachael is a certified parenthood coach and founder of Parenting on Mars.  She lives in the West Loop neighborhood with her husband Jonathan, and three children (8, 5, and 3).  To get started with the 90 day Empowered Parenting Accelerator, visit https://parentingonmars.com Follow Rachael on Instagram @parentingonmars. 

    Returning Home from Vacation: Five tips to ease the transition.


    Vacations are awesome. But what’s more awesome are the everyday moments that create your life with your children.

    If you’re like most parents, returning home from a vacation with children can leave you feeling like you need a vacation from the vacation.  With a little planning though, you can re-enter your routine with ease and even work in some much needed “vacay recovery.”  Here are some top notch tips for helping you (and your kiddos) get back into the swing of things. 

    Plan a buffer day for the family: It can be tempting to try to squeeze in as much away-time as possible, but returning home on a Saturday vs. a Sunday can make all the difference for you and your kids.  Have a loose plan on how you’ll spend your first day back and keep it low key.  My kids love to have pajamas and a movie day!  If you’re really on your A-game, you might decide to pull out some old toys or games to keep kids entertained while you unpack luggage and prepare for the week. 

    Plan a buffer day for YOU: This is great if you have school aged kiddos.  If you can swing it, take the Monday off! Send the kids back to school and take your own pajama day.  Resist the temptation to be productive and truly relax.  No, you really don’t need to get back to work.  This is your permission to take the extra day for YOU. 

    Hire a service to clean while you’re away: The hustle and bustle to get out the door for vacation can sometimes leave your home in disarray.  There is nothing better than coming home to a clean house. You’ll be so happy to walk into a clean home, with beds made, dishes cleaned, and toys tidied.  From here on out, make it part of your vacation budget!

    Pre-plan grocery delivery: Place a grocery delivery order for the day you return home.  Consider quick meals like frozen pizza or pasta.  Of course take-out is always an option too, but even a small delivery of groceries to set you up with the essentials can put your mind at ease as you head into the week. 

    Order prints of your vacation photos: If you see a dip in your mood upon returning from a vacation (this happens to my husband!), you might consider a fun activity for the family to reflect on the trip once you’ve returned home.  Order prints of your vacation photos and have a scrapbooking night as a family.  You don’t need to get fancy with materials either.  Put the photos in a pile and let everyone cut, glue, and chat while you remember the fun you had!



    Rachael Fritz

    Rachael is a certified parenthood coach and founder of Parenting on Mars.  She lives in the West Loop neighborhood with her husband Jonathan, and three children (8, 5, and 3).  To get started with the 90 day Empowered Parenting Accelerator, visit https://parentingonmars.com Follow Rachael on Instagram @parentingonmars. 


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