It can be hard to plan family weekends in, and with things like chores, sporting events and birthday parties all but consuming your life, seeing the fun in it all can seem like mission impossible. So here’s how to make time for what really matters and make the most of the weekend, as a family.
Tips for family weekends in
Don’t make schedule a dirty word
Nobody feels like sticking to a strict schedule during family weekends in, but sticking to a routine won’t ruin your weekend either. It’s actually one of the best ways to ensure everything gets done without cramming everything in at the last minute on a Sunday evening.
Get clear on what needs to get done
You might not have the same expectations as your partner does for the weekend, so it’s always best to talk about the to-do list. Just because you have a to-do list in your head (and not something posted on the fridge) doesn’t mean your partner knows about your plans.
Make the little moments count
During family weekends in, you need to make the most of the time you have and enjoy spending time together. Even if it’s something like making pancakes together for breakfast or just discussing your plans for the week, make time for each other.
Keep things as simple as possible
You wanted a family, and that’s why you decided to have kids in the first place. Now is the time to slow down and enjoy them by doing something fun, as a family unit. It doesn’t have to be an orchestrated activity that consumes an entire day. Spend some time in the yard kicking a ball or play some board games. During the warmer summer months, play some water games. And when the weather outside gets weary, make sure you have some snow day activities on hand.
If you can’t control it, don’t rebel against it
We all have high hopes for family weekends in, but sometimes our expectations are just too high, and we end up stressing ourselves out. Instead of focusing on the things you didn’t get done, practice acceptance, which will make you feel happier. You CAN control how much sleep you get in and how well you’re eating, but you CAN’T control your kid’s tantrum. Focus on what you can control and let the rest go.