Overscheduled – over stimulated – over the edge! Not your child. YOU!
Posted July 26, 2010on:
We often lament the fact that there just doesn’t seem to be enough time to do everything we would like.
Fact: there are 24 hours in the day, typically broken into sleep (recommended 8 hours) and awake (the 16 hours left).
Fact: Time will not change. You have to. Instead of whining and feeling frustrated by this seemingly unmanageable time cycle, rethink your time strategies!
- Prioritize! Literally list what absolutely has to be done during the day, what you would like to do during the day and what would be a “bonus” if it got done during the day. Now cross off your completions and move on!
- Beg, borrow and steal ideas! You are not the first person who has been strapped by time. Discuss this with friends, resource your mother (I’m sure she worked some of this out raising you!), modify other’s methods, ask for help and read all that you have time for.
- Get organized. Anybody ever spend so much time looking for things, redoing mistakes or running around that you wind up wasting an incredible amount of your time? Put a system and plan in place for outside responsibilities, in home routines, children’s calendars and yourself – then stick to it. Start today.
- Delegate and cooperate. Who can share what you feel takes away most of your time? Piggy-back anything you can to accomplish as much as you can. Enlist friends to share shopping, errands and events. Be a pleasant addition to play groups and schools. This will often be a wonderful way to collaborate on problem solving.
- Learn to say no. You, your child and your family do not have to be part of each and every thing that comes along. You can say no – then stick to it. Respect others that do the same.
- Avoid perfection. It is truly wonderful to raise a family. Children grow up very quickly and a sink full of dishes should be the least of your worries! Enjoy your home, listen to your children laughing, go chase the dog with them, smile at yourself in the mirror and eat popsicles!
You teach your children how to handle life by the way you live it.
Children need “down time” from the very busy lives we create for them. Scheduled sports, scheduled play and scheduled learning must be balanced with truly nothing to do – let children sleep on the couch, run around the backyard or just sit on the porch with you.
It will be the best time you ever spend.
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director