Time, or the lack of it, drives many of us to live at a frantic pace. There is an enormous cost to being in a chaotic rush each day. This year, renew your commitment to begin family traditions which make room for you to experience the true joy of family life.
- Practice making choices by limiting after school/work activities.
- Use a family-oriented calendar system to track each family members schedule and important reference information.
- Turn off the TV to allow more time for reading, talking, playing and learning.
- Enjoy food and meals together by making dinner “an oasis in time,” without interruption.
- Make a weekly meal mandatory for everyone in the family to share.
- Claim a tree or outdoor area as a spot to visit regularly to read together.
- Cook double the quantity needed to save or freeze half for another night.
- Participate in outdoor activities as a family including picking apples, hiking or riding bikes.Get enough sleep to help you feel rested and calm.
- Specify a night to spend at home to eat pizza, play games and talk.
“Parents fight a daily battle as they try not only to meet all their responsibilities for work, caregiving, and housework, but also to hold on to a few crumbs of time they call their own,” says Kerry Daly, professor at the University of Guelph, in his paper “It Keeps Getting Faster: Changing Patterns of Time in Families.” Time is your family’s most precious non-renewable resource. Make the most of this component that magically turns a collection of individuals into a stronger, more robust group of people.
In order to help parents fit a little extra family time into their hectic schedules, The Goddard School’s located in Marshallton and Exton, Pennsylvania host regular events at their school. Movie Nights, Grandparents Day Tea and a Summer Reading Club are just a few examples. These events allow for lots of opportunities for children and parents to come together in a family friendly environment to share some fun and create memories.
Click here for The Goddard School located in Exton, or call on-site owners Melissa Capodanno or Wendy Cohen at 610-363-6698.
Click here for The Goddard School located in Marshallton, or call on-site owners Wendy & Richie Cohen at 610-431-1330.
*Disclosure: This post sponsored by The Goddard School.