Whether you have started back to school (or are about to), things are bound to start getting busy at your house. It is so easy this time of year to get caught up in all the craziness and let those relationships slide. When you are carting kids around from school to sports, checking homework, making dinner (and packing lunches) it can seem like spending one on one time with your kids (or whomever is important in your life) is just one more thing to check off the to do list – or even worse, an easy thing to just skip until “things calm down.”
Don’t let that happen!
When you are crazy busy is the PERFECT time to stop, take a breath and spend a little time with those you care about.
For starters, a good conversation or outing is FUN! And when life is a whirlwind, it’s good to have a little fun. It will lift your spirits, give you energy and hopefully improve your attitude towards the rest of your responsibilities.
Another reason to make the effort is to show your kids that they are important to you. If you act like you don’t have time for them, guess what? They are going to think that you don’t have time for them. Kids observe our actions, not our words. Don’t let your kids feel like they are in your way or creating more stress for you – help them see that you enjoy being with them and it’s important enough to you to take time out of an overloaded schedule to do it.
I’ll admit, this is easier to say than to do, so honestly you’ll just have to do it. However, I will share a few tips that might help you out:
- Try for unusual times – you don’t necessarily have to go out to dinner or a movie. If evenings are crazy busy, why not plan a breakfast or lunch date? My kids love it when we go out for breakfast before school – they don’t even complain about getting up early! Or pick them up and take them out for lunch – that is usually a real treat!
- How about planning something for a part of the weekend. Instead of using the whole weekend to clean the house and catch up errands, sneak in a game of mini golf or bowling. You can easily do one or the other (or even a bike ride to the park!) in just an hour.
- Have a game night. Play a board game and enjoy some popcorn after dinner one night – maybe make that a night you have a super simple and quick dinner of sandwiches or leftovers – or something in the crock pot.
- Combine errands with something fun. If I bring the kids along with me on errands, I’ll try to squeeze in a trip to the bookstore or library – or even a stop for frozen yogurt. That way I accomplish what I need to do and we have a little fun at the same time!
I’d love to hear how you plan on enhancing relationships in your busy season of life – please share in the comments – we can help each other with some great ideas!
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