Brittany has some thoughts on how to make the most of a hectic life-
I love my family. My crazy, hectic, loud (and sometimes a little weird) family. I love spending time with them and making memories. But that can be difficult when we have to follow the routines we call life.
For many of us, the daily routine means only having limited time to spend with all the other members of the family. Especially for those who work in the evenings, like I do. But sometimes, life throws you a challenge that turns into an opportunity.
My sweet little daughter turned three exactly 32 days after the preschool cut off this school year, and they refused to let her start early. So, I stay home with her during the days while my husband works and my other kids are in school. In the afternoons, I drop her off at my mother in laws just before my son’s bus runs, and then I’m off to work an hour before my husband gets home. By the time I get home, my husband is exhausted (if not already sleeping), and the kids are already laying down (but I still sneak in to kiss them goodnight). So out of the whole 24-hour day, I get to see my boys and my husband maybe a full 15 minutes. MAYBE.
The lack of quality time with my family has made me get creative with the little time I do have with them. When it comes to family, little things really do count. So even when I only have a little bit of time, I try to turn it into a big moment. My daughter is always up super, stupid early. Every morning. Every……single…..morning. It never fails. So, one thing I like to do (if I have time) is make breakfast with my girl. She loves to help with everything, so she becomes mommy’s little cook/assistant. I let her pick what we are going to make (with a few suggestions from me to keep it reasonable), we put on our aprons and get to work.
She dives head first into the pots and pans most of the time and has them strewn all over the kitchen floor by the time I get my apron on. And even though she seems to think that pancake batter is finger paint and throws raw scrambled eggs all of the counter and calls it mixing, she is one of the best helpers I’ve ever had. Naming colors and singing songs out of tune, and loud enough to wake the entire neighborhood, help her learn in the process, and makes it more fun and special. This is our mommy/daughter time and I’m sure she cherishes it as much as I do.
The Bus Stop Dance
In the mornings, if you are able to take your kids to school, this is a great time to connect with them. Car games are always a fun way to interact with your babies during your commute. If you aren’t able to take them to school and they have to ride the bus, you can still make the most of your morning moments. Playing I spy on the way to the bus stop is a quick and fun game while waiting. If your child is young enough, you can make up a “bus stop dance” that you do every morning on the way to the bus.
My 13 and 11-year-old sons don’t always appreciate my dances anymore. However, my 4-year-old loves it! My older boys try to walk at least five feet ahead at all times, while my four-year-old and I look like we could be competing in a child’s version of a ballroom dancing competition. We spin and twist and dip all the way to the end of the street while the neighbors look at us like we are crazy. But my son and I enjoy every step, and my older boys remember doing it with me too, and that’s what matters.
Making moments with you family isn’t about spending money or even about the amount of time you are able to spend with them. It’s about the quality of the time that you do have together. Even if it’s just a few minutes, it can mean the world to your child. Those moments are what your family will remember, so try to make the most of them, because you will remember them too. Those are the moments that matter.