I know it seems silly... scheduling time? But recently I have felt a bit detached. I am home. My children are with me. My husband is home. But are we "together"?
I have been so busy with school related things that I have been playing games with my 4 year old while working on the computer. He doesn't seem to mind. He actually seems to enjoy himself, but I know this does not count as "quality" time even if he is getting one-on-one with mommy.
My oldest for the first time in years is outside playing with friends. At the age of 8, he is definitely getting socialization that he needs, but where does the family fit in?
My husband has been having stress due to work and finances. TV is his veg-out. It helps him calm and destress. He interacts with us, but needs a bit of alone think time to sort things out.
With all these outside influences, where does family fit in? How do you make family a priority?
I have come to the conclusion that I might just have to schedule time like I do dinners. After dinner, we get 30 minutes of personal "me time". Then, we regroup as a family to do something together for 30 minutes to an hour. Doesn't seem like much I know, but during the week after homework, dinner, and play it is about all we have. Not to mention peeling the 4 year old's skin to keep him healthy.
What do you think about the concept of scheduling time? Is 30 minutes to an hour enough time to rekindle a genuine bond?
If you have a rhythm that works in your home for getting the family together, please leave a comment and share. I truly welcome all comments and advice.