Creating a home where family is a priority and you maximize family time can be one of the best decisions you ever make.
I say that because it was one of the best decisions we made as a newly married and pregnant couple way back when.
We knew from the get-go that our family would not be chasing everyone else.
We wouldn’t be having Christmas at anyone’s house but our own. We weren’t going to be attending every event we were invited to. As a family, we would spend time together first and foremost.
Our family is the most important.
No one else was going to dictate how we spent our time and now almost 8 years later we have a lot more time in our evenings than the average American family.
While I feel that extra-curricular activities are a great thing for kids and volunteer work is great for parents… I don’t place it high on my priority list.
I don’t want other people or events to dictate the way I live my life.
That might seem harsh but I have found it incredibly easy to maximize my family time by saying no to more things than I say yes to.
Are you ready to maximize your family time?
There isn’t a magical answer to balancing your family time and your work life, volunteer life, etc.
There just isn’t. I’m no stranger to that reality. But there are things you can do to maximize your family time and create more meaningful moments with the time you do have.
How To Maximize Your Family Time
To really do this you will need to think out of the box a little bit. But stick with me because I am your guide.
I’ve been there and seen the other side of this thing and I promise you it’s worth it.
Making the Most of the Time You Have
You have a lot more time on your hands than you probably realize but the trick here is to make the most of what you have.
There is no wonder our grandparents were so great with repurposing clothing and meals.
Are you driving your kids to school each day?
Are you driving them to soccer practice?
Do you have meals together?
Unplug from whatever it is you’re trying to multitask and just be there when your kids are there. I do this in the car especially. I don’t call or text while driving.
I do have conversations with my kids though and during those conversations, we have had a lot of deep heart to hearts.
I have gotten to see the child I brought into this world really flourish on those car rides.
Get Them Involved
There is a trick I have used for years when it comes to really making the most of the time I have.
It’s really pretty simple but I like to get my kids involved in everything.
You see I don’t have to do laundry, cook dinner, run errands for them. I get to do laundry, cook dinner and run errands for them.
I was blessed with these children and the last thing I want to do is think of them and their messes as an inconvenience.
My children aren’t simply living in my house. They are what makes my house a home.
They are the reason why I get up every single day.
So simply including them in my everyday tasks has helped to bring us closer together as a family and taught them some serious life lessons along the way.
The house doesn’t get clean because mom does it. The house gets cleaned because we love our home and it’s ours.
Make mealtime a family affair. Plus, chances are if you have picky eaters they will be more likely to try the food if they were involved in cooking it.
I can personally attest to the fact that I am distracted beyond words a lot of days. My brain is very type-a and stuck in productivity mode.
For me, it was and still is at times incredibly difficult to ditch distractions.
But let me tell you one thing…
The moment I made the decision to commit to ditching distractions everything changed.
Now I’m able to have social media free days, tech-free nights and just undistracted moments in my life.
I started with no phone after dinner. Then I moved up to no phone for longer periods of time.
When you start something like this start small because you are more likely to succeed.
Distractions are ruining our connected time. So disconnect from electronics, to-do lists and timetables and connect with your loved ones.
You will not regret spending more time with the ones you love the most.
Just remember when you’re thinking about how you are spending time together as a family that these are the moments your kids will remember for decades.
They deserve this. You deserve this.
You didn’t make this family for everyone to sit in separate rooms doing different things.
Maximize your family time today!
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