So it has finally occurred to me what we may have been doing so wrong each and every weekend.
The same thing happens each week and I end up one big ball of stress and anxiety.
Here’s my theory….
You see in the past, when MonsterSquad Dad was working full time and out of the house everyday, I would prepare a list of things that we needed to do and get done every weekend.
Things that I couldn’t do on my own during the week, things that required more than an hour or so after work.
Now that he’s not working out of the house, we have most of the day’s to do these things….. except…..
We’ve been spending our time enjoying the semi peace while the bigger monsters are at school.
We’ve been shopping and spending our days out of the house to avoid the mundane and the housework.
So weekends approach and my mindset is still back in the old format. Something a lot like:
“Let’s complete a weeks worth of jobs plus the usual housework whilst wrangling 6 monsters that just want to chill out and have some fun”
Hmmmm, LIGHT BULB moment!!!
Yes indeed, this afternoon it hit me like a freight train.
We need to be achieving all these niggling jobs that drive me batty during the weekdays. We need to switch off computer work while the monsters are present and do it of an evening until we have caught up.
The weekends should be more focused on fun and family time and less focused on trying to do a million things at once.
I get so upset when I walk through the house and it is trashed…errrr ‘played in’ from one end to the other but I forget that the kids have been entertaining themselves whilst we’ve been working on stuff.
When they’re not nagging and under our feet that is…. It will also be so much easier to get things done while they’re at school too.
Like any new routine it will take time and need tweaking but I think this is what our family needs and more to the point, it’s what I need to stay sane of a weekend.
DEDICATED FAMILY TIME
DEDICATED PARTNER TIME
DEDICATED REST & RECOVERY
3 things that so often get left behind at Chaos HQ,
3 things that are about to make a great big return!
Hopefully with less to do on the weekends – aside from the ‘everyday jobs’ – I should be one much less stressed Mumma…. Fingers crossed!
What do you think? Do you do these things in your family?
I’d love to hear your thoughts….