5 Ways to maximise family time

Do you feel like you’re not spending enough time with your family? Implement these tips to decrease your busy schedule and increase family time.

Re-look your to-do list

Take an objective look at your to-do list and decide if you are really going to do everything on there and whether some of it can be delegated to someone else.
Make columns of the really important tasks that have to get done as soon as possible, a second column with tasks that can be delegated to your partner, the nanny or your domestic worker, and a third column with tasks that aren’t pressing and can wait a while.

Ask for help

Use your resources and ask for help. If you have a nanny or domestic worker, ask them to prepare dinner and repack the nappy bag, etc. If you have a couple of errands to run, coordinate them by location so you can fit in as many as possible in the shortest amount of time.
If friends or family members offer their help – accept it!

Get the kids to help

While it may go faster if you fold the clothes and set the table yourself, getting the children to help you out with small tasks and chores can provide valuable bonding time. Sing songs or make up rhymes while you set the table, and clap and dance with them while they pick up the toys and you clean the room.

Double up meals

If you’re making lasagne or other dishes that freeze well for dinner, make an extra batch and freeze it for later in the week. The same goes for lunch box treats – make big batches of everything and just pop them in the freezer. This will save a lot of time.
Click here for three quick and easy lunch box treats you can prepare the night before.

Create special family time

You don’t have to wait for holidays or vacations to connect with your family. Create your own family events. Friday movie night, Saturday outings to the park or Sunday morning breakfasts are great ways to spend some quality time with your family. Make sure that all cellphones are put away and the TV switched off during this time.
Click here are some great breakfast recipes you could try out on your family.

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