Time management and schedules
The life of a family with children is full all kinds of situations. Taking care of everyday chores may be challenging. Each family member has their own needs that have to be taken into account. Working life and its demands may take time away from the family. On the other hand, it also takes planning to combine parenting and studying. Unemployment and looking for work also take energy.
During the busy early years of your child’s life, when you may be trying to balance childcare, work and many other things, you may also have to look after and support other loved ones than just your children. For example, your own parent may require informal care.
Tips for day-to-day life and schedules:
- Make a calendar for the whole family, on which everyone notes down their comings and goings. This makes life easier, especially in large families and families with step children and parents. If necessary, you can also talk together about upcoming events, trips and other affairs.
- Create routines. For example, sharing a meal in the morning or in the evening, or at least during the weekends, allows you to talk about your lives with each other. Or you can hold a games evening, family meeting or go for a walk together at least once a week. You can also make a slot for family time on the calendar. Furthermore, you can spend some time alone with the child, and siblings may sometimes wish to spend time together without the adults.
- Let your children get involved in chores. You should include your children in cooking and cleaning. Teach your child how to organise things, dust, make sandwiches and cook. Chores are usually quite simple. They are nicer and faster to do when there are more people doing them. Children are often happy to help with chores, but you can also make participation non-negotiable. Additionally, these skills will be useful to children when they move out.