When was the last time you put your family first? How about your children?
Careers, jobs, social life, family, which one comes first? Me time, reading time, cleaning time, TV time, movie time, travel time, friends, spouse, family; how do we decide?
How do we choose, which one comes first? It seems like an obvious answer. It is our family of course. However, when we have had "one of those weeks," our mind thinks "relax." We might not be thinking of doing "family fun." It's possible we just want to be alone or out with some friends.
I have heard people say "I can't stand it when parents say they need a break from their kids." Well, I disagree. I think to stay sane and be normal we do need so called "breaks" from our children. Naturally, I like being alone and by myself. It doesn't bother me, and usually, Jon can tell when I need some "me time."
The question is, how much is too much time away from our children? Is it a weekend get away each week or monthly? Do we depend on others to watch our kids more than we (the parents) do? I guess the answer to that question is a personal one and some may feel more entitled to than others. One thing is for sure is when we are together as a family or with our children, they deserve our full attention.
During the week it is crazy at our house. Jon works a full-time job and I bounce around from all over the county is seems and if I am lucky I get a couple of days at home to get housework & designs done. So when the weekend comes around Dawson is craving family time. I mentioned before in another post about family time and how Dawson ask for it. So as usual on Friday nights, that's what we do. We have family time. One night out of each weekend is a time that we can spend together and just have fun. This is one thing I know for sure that will make Dawson happy, and it is a way to show him we love him and want to spend time with him. You can see some of the activities below. We hope that you will enjoy some of these too with your kids and family!
Ashleigh is a Wife, Mother, & Graphic Designer.