How do you handle your weekends? Are they packed with errands or they fun-filled? I think this is a struggle as a working mom. How do you get everything done in two days, yet spend quality time with your family?
I think one thing we do is to value weekends. By this, I mean that we hold them sacred, in a sense. We don’t do a lot of travelling and often we don’t even have many plans. Those are the best weekends! We need a lot of downtime on the weekends to spend together as a family. We don’t sleep in much later than during the week, but usually my husband will get up with the kids and let me sleep in at least one of the days (ahhh, bliss!). We may run an errand or two but often it is snuggling on the couch. I do usually try to check our local area family magazines for special events. Saturday afternoons are often spent at the park or in our cul de sac. Sundays are almost always family time at church, lunch out, and then naps. I do a few cleaning tasks Sunday afternoon/evening and sometimes squeeze in a trip to the grocery store.
It probably doesn’t sound like much but usually it’s perfect for our family. I try to avoid busy-ness. We may go to a local festival or even just to the toy store to play. Usually we don’t do more than one or two big activities on most weekends. I also work one weekend a month so we try not to travel more than one additional weekend a month.
I do have my kids help clean on the weekends but I don’t make all weekend a spring cleaning fest. I usually just try to do a surface clean and then pick one more area to deep clean or organize. At least once a month I try to pick something fun and different…picking strawberries, planting flowers, going to the library park. We also try our best to turn any errands into fun trips and allow extra time for them to be relaxing.
What tips do you have to make weekends fun? What kind of activities do you do on the weekends?