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Welcome back! Thanks for all of the great feedback and shares for this series all over social media. I am so happy that you are finding these posts helpful! So far we have covered writing, social media, and household responsibilities. This week’s topic is something I am passionate about, Family Time. Why would we work so hard to work from home and then be too busy to spend time with the ones we love? It happens…to all of us from time to time, so today we are going to find ways to make sure we are spending time with our kids and our spouse while still keeping up with everything else.
For all of the ideas below, the main idea is for you to be present and focused. This means computer, tablet and phone are off or put away. I promise that the world will not end if you are not online. If the phone rings, check it. If it is from a family member answer it. If not, let it go to voice mail. Nothing is more important than your family.
Time Management for Bloggers-Family Time
For 16 years we homeschooled our boys, from age 3-12th grade for each of them. This was not just an educational choice for us, but a lifestyle one as well. Spending time together as a family is very important. A strong family bond lifts a child’s sense of security, identity and self-esteem. Here are some tips of how to work family time into your already busy schedule.
- Family Breakfast- If schedules permit, having everyone at the table for breakfast is a great way to start the day. Everyone can tell what they are most looking forward to in the day.
- Family Devotions and Prayer Time- Starting the day off with The Father is always the best way to set your focus for the day ahead.
- Family Dinner- Make dinner a priority family time, at least 4 nights a week while the kids are still home. Now that my kids are grown and soon 2 will be out of the nest, we are starting a tradition that my husband’s aunt does-weekly family dinner. Every Tuesday night, we will host dinner at our house for our kids and their families. This way, as long as they are in the area we know we will get together once a week. This is a priority on our schedule.
- Family Game Night-Once the kids are age 8+ family game night, ours was on Thursday nights, is a great way to insure some fun family times. Each week a different person picks the game(s) to be played so that everyone gets a turn.
- Family Movie Night-Works the same way as family game night.
Time Management for Bloggers-Time with Your Spouse
My husband also works from home so we spend a lot of time together 🙂 Unfortunately, most people don’t have that luxury, so I am going to share some tips to making sure you are not forsaking your marriage for your blog.
- If hubby has to get up early to head into work, get up with him. Enjoy time alone with him at the breakfast table before he heads off to work.
- Couch Time-This is a technique we learned in a parenting class 20+ years ago and is wonderful for families where 1 or both parents work outside the home. When both parents arrive home from work spend 30 uninterrupted minutes on the couch. Talk about your days, snuggle, etc. Teach your children that this is mommy and daddy time and they should be in the room playing quietly, reading, coloring, building etc. Kids who know that their parent’s marriage is secure, feel more secure. Parents who spend time together like this connect hearts, unpack their day and are ready to jump into evening family activities with a better mindset after having some couch time.
- Date Night-A weekly date night is important, and you don’t even have to leave your house. There are lots of date night ideas all over the internet so I’m not going to list them here. Make time together a priority every week. It is important for your marriage.
Time Management for Bloggers-Time with your Kids
My goal was always to spend a few hours a week one-on-one with each of my boys. Sometimes that meant taking one of them to lunch and then grocery shopping with me and sometimes that meant playing Mario Cart over and over again. Even at ages 18 and 21 my boys enjoy spending time with me. Just the other night Aaron and I played Backyard Baseball on the Wii and earlier this week we spent the day together at Epcot. Jordan is on the road so I have to save up my time with him. We FaceTime at least once a week and we text a lot it is the only time we can get right now, and that is ok.
- Dates- If your schedules are crazy busy schedule dates with your kids. If you are having trouble figuring out what to do or how to schedule this time I recommend Family Circles by Doorposts. This simple creative tool will help you spend quality time with your kids each day.
- After School-When the kids get home from school, walk away from the computer. Spend 30 minutes sharing a snack and talking about their day. This isn’t homework time, it is family time. Once they head off to do their homework you can head back to the computer to do your work.
- After Dinner-Once dinner chores are done spend time with the kids or as a family. Read a book aloud, watch a family favorite TV show or do something together. During family time there is no texting allowed-by anyone to put the phones down and enjoy your kids for at least 30 minutes before they head off to their rooms to wind down.
At the end of the day, the most important thing you can do is spend time with the gifts God gave you, your spouse and your children. Keep in mind that your priorities should always be 1. God 2. Family 3. Job in that order.
I’d love to know your thoughts and ideas on family time, please leave me a comment.