Life is stressful enough as it is. There is so much to juggle. We have our careers, family, friends, time with our family, and leaving our personal life to try to fit in each week. And while they can be difficult to find time for everything that needs to be attended to, there are ways to incorporate the most important aspects of your life in a way that is balanced and stress-free. Trying to juggle home life and children without a plan of action is aimless. That is the very reason most people find themselves exhausted, because they are trying to do it all without a plan. But by incorporating these methods into how you balance your life, you will find that incorporating your whole life and the children will be seamless integration that come second to Nature.
Start the Morning Off Stress Free
It is believed that how you start your day will be how the day ends. So when the day starts off at a fast pace, and loaded with stress, the rest of the day seems to keep that same momentum. Not only does that affect you, but it affects the children and how your day at school bus. So, in order to make the morning easier to get through, try preparing everything the night before that is needed in the morning. Pack lunches for the kids, iron their clothes, and if you can, cook breakfast at night. This way, you do not have to spend time in the kitchen while trying to coach the kids through getting dressed.
Instead, you can simply warm up the food in the morning, which will leave more time for getting dressed and sitting down to eat. It would be a good idea to talk with the kids doing breakfast to start the day off on the right foot. Not only will it provide encouragement for them to have a good day, will allow you to start your day without the normal hustle and bustle trying to get out of the house in a hurry.
Spend Time Recognizing Each Other's Accomplishments
Most kids want to be recognized when they make an accomplishment. Whether it's that they got a good grade on their test, or they were praised by the teacher, they want to share that with you. Even more, they want you to pay attention to what they are saying because they want you to be excited about the way they are. Furthermore, there are times when we as adults have things we want to share with the family. It may be announcing a promotion, or it may be just the urge to spend quality time with the family and get to know what's going on in each other's lives.
In either case, set time aside each week which allows everyone 2 spend time bragging about their accomplishments. It could be a half an hour out of each day, or it could be done doing a family night movie. However much time is set aside, the key is to Ashley set aside the time. And make it a priority so that nothing comes before it and it always happens. The last thing you want to do is disappoint the kids and make them feel ignored.
Create Moments Of Interaction Throughout The Day
Some of us only communicate with our family in the morning during breakfast, and then the whole day goes by without them speaking. The next time they see each other, at the end of everyone's day, is usually the only time family speaks to each other outside of breakfast. That is why it is a good idea to communicate with your family throughout the day. Maybe you send the kids a text during lunch, or even better, order from Instacart Headquarters to have lunch delivered to them. Or perhaps you send an email to your spouse. Maybe even, you can call the kids when they get home to let them know that you will be late coming home. However it works out, the goal is to communicate throughout the day so everyone is not in a rush to communicate when they get home.
Communicate Weekly Priorities
One of the things that parents feel guilty about not being in the know about the daily ongoings of their children's lives. They know about the school dances, parent teacher conferences, and report cards. But when it comes to the subject they are studying in science, for the things that their child has recently found an interest in, most parents are more concerned with their home life, even their work responsibilities, intend to assume that everything is okay. As long as a child is not complaining about something, most parents assume that everything is fine with your kids. But the truth is that many children will keep a lot of the activities and interests in their life to themselves if their parents do not show a special interest in them. That becomes the beginning of the child having their own life and the parents not being involved in it.
One way to become more involved, without coming across as being intrusive, is to establish a weekly date in which everyone shares their priorities for the next week. The only does this help everyone keep each other accountable, but it also how's the current to know about the very things that their child is involved and interested in. As we know, kids' interests change at a rapid pace. Enough so that it is hard for parents to stay abreast. But with regular communication, allowing the child to articulate their priorities, parents and can find a balance while increasing the bond between them and their children.