Love strawberries? Make this Easy 2 Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream in just one minute!
If you have little ones in school, I’m sure you’ve occasionally experienced homework battles and meltdowns.
Today I’m sharing a few tips that hopefully, will alleviate some of the homework struggle and make homework time as pleasant as possible. Plus, I’ve got a yummy One Minute Strawberry Ice Cream recipe at the bottom of the post, that’s just perfect for motivating someone to finish up the day’s work or to just celebrate the completion another week of homework done! Thank you to Horizon Organic for partnering with me to bring you this Ice Cream Recipe and Homework tips-all opinions are mine!
I’m just gonna say it: I do not like homework.
Now, I know homework is an important tool in the learning process as it helps reinforce what our kids are learning in school and (hopefully) helps them develop good study and organizational habits. But why does homework time have to be such a struggle?
Getting homework done at our house definitely takes a bit of finesse and I want to share five tips that have worked for us to alleviate some of the homework pain we were experiencing on a daily basis.
5 Tips to help End Homework Struggle
1. Location, location, Location!
Create a spot that is a homework-friendly area. It should be well lit and comfortable. Keep the appropriate supplies handy; lined paper and colored pens will make spelling so much more fun and sharpened pencils with good erasers go a long way in making math problems easier.
If you have siblings- separate them if possible. (It’s incredible how someone can get so upset just by how the other sibling looks at you!)
2. Have a routine!
Consistency is important when establishing the homework ritual. My kids ride the bus, so we like to have a few minutes of chatting, relaxing (playing with the cat) and having a snack before we get started.
3. Prioritize and set goals to get homework done.
I know every school and teacher is different, but for us- teachers send the week’s worth of math, reading and spelling homework home at the beginning of the week- usually due on Friday. (Actually it’s so much work, it seems like 2 weeks worth, ha ha.) We set a plan (factoring in any weekly activities or special occasions) and figure out what needs to be accomplished on what day for everything to be done Thursday night. This is also helpful to avoid procrastination on larger projects like book reports and science projects.
4. Use a timer and give rewards.
My son is especially good at making a fifteen minute assignment drag on for over an hour. I found Ann Dolin’s “Five Minutes of Fury” worked especially well for my procrastinating, foot dragging son. Basically, she recommends setting a timer for five minutes and have your child work as fast as he/she can until the timer goes off. Once the day’s work is done, reward your child with something they love. (Extra screen time, 10 minutes of reading before bed- whatever works for you family.)
5. Take breaks and have a snack!
Depending on your child’s age they’ll need a short break every 15 to 20 minutes. Do something quick and easy (but not so distracting that they will not want to return to work.)Break time is the perfect time to provide a wholesome snack to keep their blood sugar steady, brainpower at full speed and and meltdowns at bay.
Personally, I like the Horizon Organic line of snacks- they have a variety of wholesome snacks, milk and other food items made with organic ingredients that kids love to eat. I especially like that the Horizon products contain no GMO’s, artificial colors or flavors or high fructose corn syrup. For more information about Horizon and their products, sign up for the Horizon Newsletter.
Our favorite snack of late? This delicious One Minute Strawberry Ice Cream, made even better with the addition of yummy Horizon Snack Grahams! Want more yummy snack ideas? Be sure to follow Horizon on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram!
One Minute Strawberry Ice Cream
- 1 cup milk of choice (I’ve used almond, half n half low fat and coconut milk- just use your fave and keep in mind higher fat content will make for a creamier consistency and fat is not bad. I used full fat coconut milk (I had a can opened that needed to be used) in today’s recipe.
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- optional: 2+ teaspoons sweetener of choice (I’ve found some brands of strawberries need more sweetener, so just give it a taste.)
- optional: graham crackers for garnish
- Add ingredients to your blender according to the recommended order. (I used my nutri-ninja for this, so it loads backwards.)
- Blend until ice cream consistency is achieved. You may need to stop your blender to scrape sides. Add more liquid or frozen strawberries as needed.
- Top with optional graham crackers and serve!
It’s your turn! What is your favorite after school snack to serve? Leave me a comment below…
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.