Let’s face it… The real reason most of us moms have trouble with time management is that our plates are so full with outside commitments that God and our families get the leftovers.
Our society applauds busyness. I was caught up in how busy I could make my schedule and I didn’t even know it. If someone asked me to join them for a get together even though I had already made plans to be somewhere else I would somehow find a way to be there. I had a problem with telling people “no” even though I knew I was overloaded.
I now have a rule that if I make plans to be somewhere I won’t commit myself to be at another place and try to squeeze it in. This has made my life so much more enjoyable to not be rushed when spending time with friends and family.
It is also important to not overload your schedule with other outside commitments. I love this saying, “just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” I have applied this wisdom in several areas of my life and I sometimes have to remind myself of this.
Our family has been very intentional about not over committing ourselves and slowing down our hectic life. We told the kids that they can do one activity or sport a season. It is so easy to be going to different activities every night and it takes an intentional effort to slow down.
It is possible to do this and you can even enjoy family dinners together at the table. Studies have even shown that children that eat together as a family have higher grades than children who don’t.
Make an effort to carve your family time at home, even if it’s only once a week.
You can have a family devotional or game night. A good friend of mine dedicates every Friday nights to being at home with her family. Everyone in the family enjoys eating together and then they play bible trivia. The kids love it!
Don’t get caught up in the busyness of this world and enjoy those babies that grow so fast! As a result, it will be easier to keep the house picked up, serve your kids healthier meals, and grow memories that will last a lifetime.