There are times when you may feel like your son or daughter’s personal assistant. You make sure they eat, have the right outfit, and that they arrive on time to all their appointments. Your minivan is more like a limo service shuttling the crew back and forth between activities.
Even though extracurricular activities such as dance, music, and sports are an important part of your child’s experience, they can become a headache if not managed efficiently. Regardless of whether you’re a single, working, or at-home parent, time management is key for your son or daughter’s success in school. Consider these four tips to help manage your family’s time:
Since I am a working mom, it is sometimes difficult to attend all of my daughters’ events, especially when they are scheduled during the normal course of a business day. Fortunately, at the beginning of each school year, and even every month, their teachers distribute a calendar of activities. With these, I am able to map my days out and plan ahead with my employer and colleagues. That way, no one schedules a work meeting when my time is blocked off beforehand for personal time with my children.
In time, you will find the perfect balance of activity, rest, and play that is most beneficial for your children and yourself.
Amelia Orozco is the senior editor and writer at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo and a community and entertainment reporter for TeleGuía Chicago. A mother of three, Amelia also maintains an active role in her community and church by working with youth and promoting education and diversity through her writing and volunteer efforts.