This post was most recently updated on May 28th, 2019
I try to make the most of my time with my boys when I’m home. Being at school one evening a week has so far been an easy transition- for them- but a little exhausting for Daddy since he already rocks it by himself with them a lot.
I’ve found myself trying to squeeze in some course reading while they play, but I’ve learned that my mind is too distracted to fully absorb the material. Instead, I make more efficient use of my time and brainpower if I am ALL IN with the boys while they are with me, and tackle the readings when they are asleep.
How to Spend Quality Time with Your Littles When Not Studying
Learn Your Limitations
It’s not enough to get it all done if you can’t think critically about what you just read because you are side-eyeing the kiddos to make sure they aren’t destroying your house. Lesson learned for me when I had a never-ending list of articles and I barely remembered them.
I also like to get them involved in tasks I have to do anyway, like my previously mentioned fruit-and-veggie applesauce creation. Here are simple recipes to get them skilled with you in the kitchen. They are 4 and 2, but I’m already finding it’s getting a little easier to incorporate them into helping out. Hand over success to them by making them in charge of setting the table, etc.
Talk to them about your journey, in the simplest of terms if they are very young. My 4 year old already understands Mommy is going to school.
Plan specific activities at home or schedule outside adventures that are one-on-one, even if it is only for an hour or two. By carving out this time you will feel more connected.
What do you do to maximize your time?
Also for time-saving tips see 5 Fast Friendly Healthy Tot Meals