Erin Rabitcheff is a singer-songwriter and mother of two boys, ages 7 and 10. She lives in Hastings, N.Y., and is the queen of negotiating.
What’s your best get-out-of-the-door-fast time-saving technique?
Focus on something the kids want. If we get to a doctor's appointment early, then they can have some extra time on their iPods, or if I want to go on a hike with them, I might focus on getting ice cream at the end. Some may call it bribery, but I call it shifting the focus!
What’s your favorite dinner shortcut?
Frozen foods! Having bags of low-sodium, frozen grilled chicken strips, meatballs and green beans, and then adding some pasta is a quick way to make a meal for my boys.
What’s your biggest time-suck?
Transitions. Kids often do not want to leave one activity in favor of another.