Friday, January 04, 2013
I struggle with time management. I have a full time job, and another at home with two little boys. I'm constantly thinking of ways to manage time better. I came up with some great ones just recently- making sure my baby's daycare bottles were washed and refilled while I make dinner. Washing dishes while the kids finish up their food. Doing laundry while I'm down in the playroom next to the machines. By the time the kids are put to bed, there really isn't much else to do for the kiddos and I can focus on me.
Unfortunately, I'm starting to feel some emotional reaction to all this efficiency. I'm not nearly as able to be connected to my kids when I'm trying to do a bunch of things while they are awake. I feel distracted and disconnected.
So there's the rub- I can either ignore my children while performing chores for them or give them my full attention and have no time to myself. Obviously the right answer is somewhere in between. And the more that I can incorporate my kids into the chores, the better off we are. (The toddler loving to help stir, wash dishes, etc...) We just need to find a balance.