How We Survive the After-School Rush (+a Giveaway)

Let me tell you a little about Wednesdays and Thursdays in our family right now. They’re awful. They’re rushed. I don’t really like being rushed, but I also don’t like sitting in the house with nothing to do ever, so we do things.

Right now our thing is soccer. Practice for BigBrother is on Wednesday evening. Practice for LittleBrother is on Thursday evening. Both at 5:00. Pee-em. Five o’clock. Like, quittin’ time. I could turn this into a rant based on “how are working parents supposed to swing that,” but this is the eleventieth time we’ve had a five o’clock practice (and a few times, a 4:30!), so I’m used to being rushed and ticked off, occasionally on a conference call or sitting at the field with my laptop on my lap. I mean, it is called a laptop, is it not?

Instead, I will tell you how we survive.

The boys’ bus rolls up at 3:30. After making our way inside, we look through backpacks, set out homework, and get started. I then serve up a snack. I make/finish dinner and serve it between 4:00-4:15. You read that right. We normally eat between 4:30-5:00, so it’s not a huge departure, but on Thursdays, it doesn’t always work. Thursdays I have a conference call from 3-4. This means I can’t help with homework or finish a meal. I’ve utilized the crock-pot more and more on Thursdays, but what if a call runs over? Or what if I’m finishing a work project?

Or so on. So I decided to up my snack game on Thursdays in case we can’t eat until after LittleBrother’s practice. His practice, being U6, is only 45 minutes, so we’re home before 6. We can eat at 6. We can’t eat at nearly 7:00 on Wednesdays as BigBrother’s practice is an hour and a half (and sometimes runs over). So back to upping the snack game on Thursdays.

Hello, Bagel Bites.

Bagel Bites

I like Bagel Bites. They use real cheese and from-scratch sauce (which is more than I do when I make our own pizza on Fridays, so Bagel Bites beats me). And they’re quick to boot. They only take 14 minutes in the oven, so I drop them in around 3:00, take them out as I’m heading outside to watch for the bus, and by the time we’re inside, they’ve cooled down and are ready for eating.

Bagel Bites

Bagel Bites

The kids like Bagel Bites because they taste good. I can’t disagree.

Bagel Bites

They also think they’re getting something special. Which, I suppose they are. It’s a different snack than the rest of the week, it allows us to finish homework and get out the door on time, and it’s just something fun to do. I’m pleased with our new little routine. (And fully ready for Thursday night practices to be ohhhh-ver.) You can grab yourself a coupon and then win yourself a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of Bagel Bites, right here. Just answer this question: What’s your favorite after school snack? 

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90 Replies to “How We Survive the After-School Rush (+a Giveaway)”

  1. Ugh, seriously don’t get me started on kid activities. I don’t get home until 5:30 most days, so nearly every single option for Alex is, well, not an option!

    Our favorite after school snack is fruit, sliced veggies, or cheese and crackers :)

  2. I could seriously eat an entire box of these right now. :)

    I’m a fan of apples and nut butter or whatever’s within arm’s length on the way home from work, which is why I have to be careful of what I have in my purse, because I’ll devour it.

  3. Although we’re long past the “after school” years in this house, I admit that I do enjoy an afternoon snack. Usually I just have crackers or a big spoonful of peanut butter, or, if I’ve been baking, a cookie. Just something to tide me over until dinner.

  4. I love Greek yogurt, fresh fruit especially peaches and strawberries and often the mood hits for chips or chocolate. I give all snacks an even chance.

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