Wash the Day Off Before Dinner

Is anyone else’s evening a mad rush from dinner through bedtime, between cleaning up, getting everyone in jammies, brushing teeth, and maybe reading a book or two? Here’s a hack to buy yourself 15 minutes.

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Especially on warm days when the kids get all sweaty playing outside, we love to shift some of the bedtime routine earlier in the day by doing baths before dinner. As soon as they come in from school or extracurriculars or just generally being feral around the neighborhood, turn on the shower or bath and toss ‘em in. (Gently, please.) You’ll win some quiet time, they’ll get clean, and the evening won’t feel so crunched.