Creating Quality Time When You Work Outside The Home – Tips From A Local Mom
Some work because they have to, and some because they prefer to. Either way, moms who work outside the home typically try to find ways to bond with and spend as much time as they can with their children. As a mom who works outside the home, I find myself missing my boys and often times wondering what they are up to when I’m not there. Here are some tips I have that can help you get the most out of your time with your little ones:
Pack and plan the night before
Toddlers are so cute and cuddly in their footy pajamas and I feel the times where they say “come sit by me mommy” will eventually come to an end. I like to get in as many morning snuggles as I can before heading to work. Therefore, it’s important for me to make my lunch, pack the diaper bag, gym bag, winter clothes bag, extra clothes bag (you get the idea) the night before. (With help from my husband, of course). Having all this ready to go makes me feel less frantic in the morning and allows me a few extra carefree minutes with the kiddos.
Enjoy the car ride
We spend a decent amount of time in the car before and after work. Gone are the days of listening to the radio and tuning out on my drive. Instead, we chat. Chat about school buses, railroad crossings and the moon in the sky. Chat about what toys they played with and what snacks they had. Chat about what daddy is making for dinner and what we’ll play with afterwards. Sure, they still spend their fair share of time in the car reading books and playing with toys, but an extra 30 minutes in the car means more time to communicate with them.
Take the time to make memories
I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of vacation time, being at my workplace for 10 years. I use this time to take random days off to spend with the boys. It doesn’t always have to be at exciting places like the Zoo or Betty Brinn. Sometimes we simply make memories like having a jammie day and making pancakes together, sometimes we take a trip to visit daddy at work or sometimes we meet up with our cousins or friends. Whether a family trip to the Dells or a day playing in the snow outside, we try to save our vacation time to make meaningful memories as a family.
Let the kids help
My boys LOVE helping out with chores (can this last forever, please?) After dinner, I used to start right in on the cleanup. Then, it dawned on me, why am I not involving my boys? Probably because they usually take FOREVER to eat dinner but that’s besides the point. When time allows, they love to put the soap in the dishwasher, sweep, feed the kitties, help vacuum and more! Instead of distancing myself from them while I complete these chores, I’ve found that involving them helps us all out!