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Spending Time With The Kids and Chores: The Balancing Act

By: Serena Crawford

When you have children you want to spend all of your time with them. They grow up so quickly and it is tough to miss out on small milestones in their lives. Many parents find that trying to balance things such as work, school, housework, and quality playtime is a full-time job itself. Some parents feel guilty about not being able to spend as much time with their children as they can because of all of the other things that they have to do in the day.

Even if you only have one child the chore list never ends. There are clothes that need to be washed, folded, and put away. There is an endless pile of dishes in the sink that need to be washed. Floors need to be vacuumed and swept. Hard surfaces need to be mopped. The lawn needs to be taken care of. All of these chores need to be done but while they are being done they are taking away time that you have with your family. It is a tough balancing act especially when your children are younger and doing so many things for the first time.

Quality playtime with your children is important too. It helps them to grow, learn, and bond. If you can’t get any playtime in with them because you are too busy with housework and chores they may begin to feel like they are competing with all of those things. There are some things that you can do to help balance your life out however.

When it comes to doing housework you can always enlist the help of your children. Even when they are really young they can help you by matching socks together or putting each other’s clothes in different piles to help sort them. They can dry the dishes after you wash them. They can help to sweep even. Having them involved (even if they complain about doing chores at times) will help them to learn how to do these chores and also will give them time to be with you. Once the chores are done you will have more free time to spend with them.

Another thing that you can do is to schedule playtime during the afternoon in 15-20 minute blocks at a time. This way you still have time to play a game with them, color with them, or watch an episode of something on television. It doesn’t seem like much but they will feel like you are evenly spreading your time between them and work.

Finally you can take a day off from all of those chores and have a family day. Cuddle up and watch movies on the couch with a bucket of popcorn. Go for a hike. Go out and play minigolf. The possibilities are endless when you spend a whole day with your family.

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