In today’s fast paced world, it’s hard not to feel pressed for time. Juggling work and family feels like it has only gotten more complicated especially with the advent of the digital age.
Now that we’re able to be reached 24/7 either by text or email, it’s harder to switch off from your work mindset and devote yourself entirely to spending quality time with your family.
Here are a few tips to help you fit in more family time, or make better use of the small amount of family time you may have with your children each day.
1. TAKE STOCK OF WHAT YOU’VE GOT.
The best way to start making more time for your family when you’ve got a busy schedule is to identify the areas in your work and family life that are going well, and the ones to which you would like to devote more time.
It may sound silly, but doing something as simple as making a list of these things will help you better identify and set some easily attainable short-term goals for creating more time for your family.
2. GET SOME REST.
It’s all well and good to set aside more time for your children, but if you’re constantly feeling exhausted then that extra family time will often be wasted. When you feel rested, you feel calm.
Ensuring that you get enough sleep each and every night will help keep your energy levels high and make sure your family time stays fun and stress free.
3. KEEP UP TO SPEED WITH THEIR INTERESTS.
A great way to enhance any spare time you have available with your children is to keep up with what they enjoy doing as they get older.
While in your eyes they may always be your little girl or boy, the reality is your child’s interests will change multiple times before they leave the nest. Keeping up-to-date with their interests means that you will be able to stay on your kids’ level and spend your time together doing something that they are genuinely enthusiastic about.
Reading the same books as your children, listening to some of their favourite music, trying a new restaurant together or going to see a film together are some great ways to keep up with the changing tastes of your son and daughter.
The truth is that no family is the same. We all have different commitments and different ways of doing things. There are countless things you can try to improve the amount of quality time you spend with your family, so try a few different things to see what works for you.
You work hard to provide a comfortable lifestyle for you and your family so you can share the important moments with those you love the most.
But what would happen if you were no longer able to provide financially for them?