How much is enough?
My family is too busy.
How do I manage the family calendar?
I’m exhausted and my kids are too!
These are the comments often made by both moms and dads when referencing the family calendar. It’s so easy to get on the hamster wheel of busyness and get spinning faster and faster until we’re exhausted. Calming Calendar Chaos is a popular seminar I lead to get the family calendar and busyness under control. Here are a few tips from the class to get you started to peace and calm in 2017.
- Determine priorities. The problem isn’t choosing the good activities from the bad; it’s deciding what’s best. Make a list of what’s important to your family and use that list when making decisions about participating in various activities and events. With so many terrific choices for families and kids these days, discuss what’s best to meet the needs of the particular child or the family as a whole.
Make dinnertime a priority for the whole family to come together as many times a week as possible. Change the time to accommodate the sports, lessons, and activities schedules.
- Provide limits. Children do not have to experience every sport, cultural activity, or class before they start kindergarten. The trend is to do it all and as a result is creating totally frazzled families. Make boundaries for your family with regard to time and activities. Make family time a priority by blocking out an evening or weekend day that’s just time for being together, unscheduled.
With kid activities, encourage your children to choose one sport and one art or music activity per quarter. The child can do the research for dates, location, cost, frequency, and carpooling options. Give children an opportunity to present a “sales pitch” as to why the activity is of interest.
- Plan a weekly family meeting to arrange the schedule. Getting the whole crew on the same page makes the family run more smoothly. Family business is important business. Taking time each week to look over the calendar, schedule activities as a group, and plan family time will streamline the calendar and provide a more peace-filled atmosphere in the home. Begin the meeting with prayer for God’s guidance.
Busy is not a badge of honor. Taming the family calendar will make family life more peaceful and calm. Be encouraged to slow the hamster wheel to a speed that’s more comfortable or take a break completely. It’s worth it!
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
By Becky Danielson
Wife to Scott
Mom of two college boys
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting
Co-author of three parenting books
Schedule a class or retreat with Becky for your group to dive deep into Calming Calendar Chaos or other parenting hot topics.
Join Becky Danielson, along with Lori Wildenberg, Misty Honnold, and Matt Haviland at the 2017 Kansas City HeartCORe Single Parent Conference January 21.
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The HeartCORe Single Parent Conference will inspire and encourage you to be the best mom or dad you can be during these challenging times. Be blessed by the messages given by single parent experts, Misty Honnold (Single Mom KC) and Matt Haviland (A Father’s Walk Single Dad Ministry). Culturally relevant material presented by Lori Wildenberg and Becky Danielson, co-founders 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, will arm you with the current cutting edge information for families.