It seems like the days are getting shorter and shorter the more your kids grow (and the more kids you have). It’s always a chase to get everything done and still have time for fun. Does that sound familiar?
We were having one of those days recently. There was a window of “play” time after the errands were done but the dinner had yet to be cooked. The kids were having a blast outside with their friends, and when they asked to play a little longer (and then some more, of course) I let them play–the weather was beautiful and the fresh air was doing them good. Half an hour later I was dashing around the kitchen putting dinner together, kids starving, the baby cranky. At this point my son asks me if we can make s’mores tonight. My answer? “No, because we spent too much time playing outside”.
That’s when I felt like my time management skills failed me. Of course, I should have known better. Note to self: next time when my gut feeling tells me the day is getting dangerously close to spiraling out of control, stick to the time limits. It is perfectly fine to say “No” to having fun sometimes: a non-stressful evening and s’mores are totally worth it.
How do you keep your days/evenings from slipping into a frenzy? Do you have some tricks you rely on?