- The Trap of Overscheduling This is by far the biggest frustration I see with parents. In an effort to give kids every opportunity, parents try squeeze too many activities into every waking hour. All the running from soccer to piano to whatever can cause things at home to fall behind because, frankly, the family is rarely at home. But how can you keep from falling behind without crushing your little ones? Try setting a limit on the number of activities each child can commit to seasonally or school year versus summer. Or consider making one night an "at home" night. It can be a weekend or weeknight, but just say no to scheduling activities that evening.
- Create Time Where It Doesn't Exist Perhaps think about hiring out some things around the house you continually fall behind on like landscaping, cleaning, laundry or organizing ;) Spending a bit of money to stay on top of these things can allow you to spend time doing what you (and your kids) enjoy doing.
- Don't Fear the Calendar I've seen families' lives transformed by investing in a large calendar for their fridge or by syncing the calendars on their phones. You know where everyone is going at what time on each day AND you can schedule in time for important things like homework and chores.
- Don't Forget Yourself It's so easy as a parent to get so wrapped up in the lives of your little ones that you forget to schedule time for the things you love to do. I feel like we all feel "oh I'll get around to me" and then it never happens. Schedule in a much needed "Moms Night Out" or "Family Game Night." The stress release will help make the craziness of your family schedule seem more manageable.
Do you have tips for managing your or your families' schedule? Feel free to share below.