Parenting Tip: Make Time for Your Kids While You Still Can

Life is busy, for parents these days. Most of us work at least 40 hours per week, bringing home a living.

Mom and child

Mom and child

Parents get up before the sun, rush the kids to school or day care, and then deal with gridlock on the freeway.

The evening is no different. We pick up the kids, rush home, make dinner, and go to bed. If our kids are lucky, they see us for a couple of hours each day.

Not enough?

I didn’t think so.

How do you strike a balance between work and time with the kids? It’s not an easy task, but it is possible.

Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Organize your life. Put your week down on paper before it starts. This includes a menu for meals, time for shopping, driving time, chores, and anything else that you put in your day.
  • Consider your tasks and decide if your kids can share that time with you by helping or decide if they can just be there while you complete the task. Pencil that time into your schedule.
  • Turn off the TV. Board games are a great way to get some time with the family. You can record your favorite shows and watch them later.
  • Schedule a special time with each one of your kids. That doesn’t mean they get the whole day. It’s entirely up to you. This can become a special tradition that will create memories that will last.

Don’t be discouraged if finding extra time seems impossible at first.

By putting in the effort, you will eventually find a way to make it happen.

Trust me, 20 years from now, you’ll be so glad you did (and so will they!).

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