Where and how do I find time for quality time?

Brooke - posted on 09/29/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My fiance and I both work until 5:30-6pm. The kids are at aftercare until 5:45-6pm. When we get home we still have to work on homework, dinner, showers. It's hard enough getting all of that done. I feel like I don't spend any quality time with my kids. It's been this way for so long now. All I feel like I do is yell out commands and get mad if they're not answered. How do I calm down and start spending quality time?

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Suzanne - posted on 09/29/2011

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getting them involved in prep for the meal would help some, sitting together for every dinner is a big one around here it must happen every day and may only be for half an hour but the boys know that that time they have our full atention and we can talk about any thing.

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Brooke - posted on 09/29/2011

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Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions! I think most all of those are doable. Now if I can just find some patience do all of this with 2 boys. :-)

Liz - posted on 09/29/2011

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could you wake up a little earlier and have breakfast as a family as well? maybe a little time in the beginning of the day might help you connect before you all go off to your respective school/jobs. And then dinner at nights to reconnect again. good luck!

Sherri - posted on 09/29/2011

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Make sure you are having them help with dinner prep or do crock pot meals that are already ready when you get home so you can spend more time without running around. Eat dinner as a family. Try and have maybe an hour a night to just sit and maybe play a board game, or outside time. etc.

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