Fill Your Time with Kids and Family
But, wait a minute! For the moment, your calendar is blank! If you could schedule anything in it, what would it be? Why not grab your pen (you know pencil can be erased!) and just do it! Will you pen in time for yourself? Time with your kids? Time with your mate? Will you take control of the days, or will you let the days control you?
My ritual each year is to take my blank calendar and put in all the dates I want to celebrate. Birthdays, anniversary, graduations. Then, there are the holidays off, the days my son will be home from college, the week that we religiously go to Sanibel every year. After that, I put in the dates of scheduled travel to workshops and trips, theater tickets and all the other special days that are already accounted for. I even put in the days and times of the weekly aerobics classes I plan to take (OK, I confess that these are in pencil!), the yoga I stress about getting to on time, and the promised massages I usually cancel. And then, and only then, do I start filling in my obligations. Work days, doctors’ appointments, meetings. And the beat goes on…
But for awhile, my calendar was only filled with my desires, joys and celebrations. I created that! And when it started filling up with other things, I already knew that my year was full of many wonderful anticipations! And lots of planned events that would help put the obligations and not-so-fun things into perspective.
Enjoy your kids!
- Use a marker to put time with the kids on the calendar.
- Schedule at least one time a month in one-on-one activity.
- Set goals and break them down into manageable steps.
- Celebrate all wins.
- Show your kids you love them…through your words and actions.