How to Effectively Manage Parenting Time
Wed, April 21, 2021

How to Effectively Manage Parenting Time

Parents have an endless array of tasks whether it’s at work or at home. This is a fact that every parent has to go through in their lives / Photo by: Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock

 

Parents have an endless array of tasks whether it’s at work or at home. This is a fact that every parent has to go through in their lives. For soon-to-be parents, it’s something they should be prepared for. Oftentimes, you’ll find yourself trying to juggle several tasks at once just so that you can finish everything and start on another set. What’s more, you can also expect something new on your to-do list, even if you haven’t even started the first batch of tasks yet.

It might seem that 24 hours is not just enough for you to fulfill all you need to do. And you can double the pressure and exhaustion if you have a child. Parents with several kids can experience more stress when it comes to managing their time between work, family, and social lives. We are always trying to meet that deadline at work, attend a parent-teacher conference, make the best dinner, or even to get that rest that we are dreaming to have.

However, according to an article by Verywell Family, a website that provides realistic and friendly approaches to parenting and family life, parents need to realize that they cannot do everything all the time, even if it feels like there is no downtime when it comes to being a parent. In fact, taking a breather is important to lessen the stress of parents, and this will be a good opportunity to start planning on how to manage the time for work, home, and friends.

 

What Should You Do?

There are certainly ways to manage your time wisely when it comes to working and being there for your kids. You do not really need to be present all the time, just in those moments where you’ll have to be there for the most important events and aspects of your child’s life.

The Lifehack, a website that offers free online advice on everyday practical things, provides us some tips that we can follow in order to make those minutes useful and worthwhile.

- Know your priorities

You’ll have to ask yourself which things are the most important for you. This will allow you to filter some of your obligations from the most important ones to the least. When there are opportunities coming your way, you need to check and assess first if they are part of your priorities in life. This is not only about the things about your job but also those activities that involve your children. You’ll need to ask yourself if such activity is something you believe in and one that can benefit you and your family in the long run. Remember, you cannot do everything, so choose your battles wisely.

If you want to have more family bonding moments, it would be better if you carefully choose the best activities that the whole family can do / Photo by: Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock

 

- Avoid doing much for your children and for yourself

Some extracurricular activities can eat much of your and your children’s time. If you want to have more family bonding moments, it would be better if you carefully choose the best activities that the whole family can do. Sometimes, it is best to stay at home and watch TV with your children instead of going out to the movies or the pizza parlor. Once in a while, allow your children to break free from too much of their school activities and let them join you at least once a week to set the meal, cook with you, or even watch a good TV show. This type of bonding is essential for children to feel closer to you.

- Organize your house

The more disorganized your living space is, the harder it would be for you to find things, which can waste your precious minutes every day. You do not need to have the house so organized or squeaky clean all the time. Just make sure that everything is in place so that it will be easier for you, your spouse, and your children to navigate through the house and do their activities within it. It will also allow you to lessen the time you clean the whole place. Teach everyone at home to organize as well.

- Remember that perfection isn’t your goal

There is no such thing as a perfect time management plan for your kids and home. That would put too much pressure on yourself. You are only human, so there will be times that you can miss out on some things. Your main goal is to get the job done and be there when necessary. You might not be able to watch that show with your child, but that is fine. Your child can probably watch it alone at this time, or maybe there would be other activities available for them to do.

- Set up routines

A routine at home will be the best weapon for time management. This will allow everyone to have expectations at a certain time during the day. This will also make the house run smoothly and with ease. Try to stick to your routines at home as much as possible, but make sure that it is still open for changes or upgrades.

The more disorganized your living space is, the harder it would be for you to find things, which can waste your precious minutes every day. You do not need to have the house so organized or squeaky clean all the time / Photo by: AlesiaKan via Shutterstock