After-Work Time Management for Families (Or How to Ditch Those Smartphones)

Children spend almost one-third of their day at school. Parents often have to work more than eight hours a day. This means that most parents and their children can’t spend a lot of time together.

Because of that, parents should make sure that the moments they spend together is quality time.

You’ll reach that goal if you meet two vital conditions: planning and commitment.

If you’re completely devoted to your children when you’re with them, it will improve your mutual relationship.

So, here’s what we think will improve your time management and ensure more quality time with your family.

1. Use weekends for planning

You can make plans only when you have enough time to do it. That’s why you should spend one part of every weekend planning the activities for the next week with your kids.

For starters, you can ask them what they want to do. While it might not won’t possible to go outside every day after school and work, you can plan some indoors fun, as well.

In warmer seasons, make sure to spend as much time outside as possible. You don’t need any money to make this work. Simply take kids’ toys, make some sandwiches, and bring along some drinks. You can go to a park or to the woods near your town.

What’s important here is to spend more time with your kids while they’re having fun.

And then, you can plan to do a special activity once a week. Going to the movies or to an amusement park would be a great choice for the entire family.

Again, let your child choose the activities and the venues from time to time. That way, they’ll not only learn how to make decisions but how to adapt to other people’s choices, as well.

2. Prepare meals in advance

When you’re living alone, you don’t have to think too much about meals. No matter if you decide to cook or eat outside, things are simple: you eat what you like.

However, preparing meals for a family is a complex and time-consuming challenge. Those meals have to be healthy and tasty, prepared with fresh groceries.

Therefore, it’s clever to plan the daily menus in advance. So, you can dedicate some time of your weekends to creating a meal plan for the following week. For instance, you can do that when you’re outside with the kids.

What you can also do is think about a few meals that can be eaten for several days. For instance, you can prepare a stew or vegetable soup in a casserole so you can serve it two days in a row. Of course, the main course can be different on these two days, but you won’t have to bother with these meals from scratch.

Also, make sure that you buy enough granola, milk, cheese, and other dairy products that can be served for breakfast. It’s important for each family member not to waste their time in the morning.

And when it comes to dinner, avoid white bread and sweets. It goes without saying that the intake of sweets for kids should be significantly reduced.

Finally, bear in mind that the family meal plan should contain many different groceries. So, don’t fall into the “meat trap” and try to prepare some meals without meat.

3. Avoid working overtime

Working overtime is something that you should avoid if you want to spend more time with your family.

Even though some people might claim that their work is such, you can always work on your own time management.

For instance, you can reduce the time you spend drinking coffee or searching the Internet during your work days.

If necessary, plan to come to work on one or more Saturdays per month.

As presentedby the Norland nanny suggestions and tips, children need a firm structure to become and stay stable people.

So, it’s important that you spend at least some time with them every day. Raising the kids requires constant commitment served in small doses. That way, you’ll be able to follow their development without sealing from their me-time.

4. Organize the TV-time

We all know the situation with modern kids and screens. They use them too much, which is why parents should show them a different approach to contemporary media.

And rule number one is not to ban your kids from using gadgets and watching television.

What you can do instead is organize the family time in front of the TV in a smarter way.

For instance, you can tell your kids that you would like to watch a cartoon they like with them.

Then you can suggest watching an educational documentary about animals or ecology.

This one-mine-one-yoursstrategy can prove efficient when it comes to watching things together with your children.

Apart from that, go the extra mile when a new movie or cartoon comes out and see if there’s a book or a comic strip that served as inspiration for the movie.

Your kids might not know that Paddington Bear was first a book character. So, you can nudge your kids to read books or comic strips by watching movies with them.

While both you and your kids should have your own TV-time, organizing family TV-nights is a great bonding activity.

Conclusion

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Although we have to work and kids have to go to school, we also need to find time for them every single day. Having a meal together, going for an evening stroll in the neighborhood or throwing a family movie night are all great ways to spend quality time with your children.

However, be aware that it takes some planning to put these activities to practice. Weekends are the best time to make these plans. That way, you’ll know what to do every single day and the kids will start looking forward to these adventures in advance.  

We hope that our activities and planning tips will help you organize your family time in a more efficient way.

AuthorBio: Anne Harris is an HR specialist working for londongoverness.com. She recruits nannies, governesses and other childcare professionals, ensuring top-notch services for parents worldwide. In her free time she likes reading about education, and children’s welfare, as well as visiting sports events.

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