I have been in a season of my life where I have felt a need…a calling…to cut extra activities out of my life–especially my family life. I would say that I am even ultra protective of our family time. I have turned down going out with friends, family trips, kid sports, and even church events in the name of spending important time together as a family.
I am definitely not saying that you need to cut out all activities, but I have found that it is crucial as a working mom to protect our time together. If I don’t I feel an incredible imbalance. For that reason, I am very careful about adding activities to our schedule.
If you can identify, here are some ways I have protected our family time:
- Each new activity is careful weighed. Bible study, soccer, gym membership—will it bring us together as a family? Is the end result worth the time apart if the activities are individual?
- Can we afford it? Are there other ways we can substitute that activity if it is cost prohibitive?
- Are we having any attitude or obedience issues at home? Do we need to skip activities in order to focus on behavior?
- Develop a threshold for number of nights at home as a family, eating dinner together around the table. Our aim is five.
- Leave work at work as much as possible and leave on time as often as possible so that your time at home is quality (more on this later).
Check back later this week about how to add activities back in to your busy schedule.