When you look back at how the days are spent at home, do you see a pattern or a recurring theme? Experts who study human behaviors agree that the rush hours in families commonly happen in the mornings and evenings. However, according to leaders.com in a compiled study, those who have a plan and stick to it are more likely to improve their mood and productivity. How you choose to use your time can set you up for success not only with your children but with your personal goals.
Here are tips for you to consider:
In the mornings to help you get your day get started in the right direction:
Zone into your priorities within the window of time you have.
Leave the hard conversations for later. You must resist the urge to talk about life lessons or lectures. Remember that the goal is to leave the house on time.
Be willing to have a great day. Do your best to look at your schedule, yourself, and your children with fresh eyes. This means not allowing yesterday’s troubles to get in the way of your routine.
In the evenings to help you reconnect with the people you love:
Be generous with your affection. This can come in the form of a hug, words of affirmation or a quick note of appreciation.
Be intentional with your time by scheduling an activity or even using an internal timer. Ten minutes of quality time is better than none.
Be curious rather than imposing judgment. This is a reminder to treat yourself with curiosity and compassion too.
About the author: Joy Acaso is our own Parenting Coach at Nightwatch Childcare Center. She has over 17 years of experience in the mental health field. She is available to answer your questions and provide resources that can help your family thrive.