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How to Get More Free Time for Your Family

Everybody wants to maintain a happy marriage and a good relationship with the children. The best way to do that is to find time to spend with them on a regular basis. Even if this sounds obvious, it’s hard to figure out how to get more free time for your family. Most parents have highly demanding and stressful jobs that in time can create marriage and family problems. The truth is that we all could use more family time. To help, we will give you some useful advice and tips:

Know yourself and your priorities
If you want to know how to get more free time for your family, it is important to identify your unrealistic expectations. When you stop trying to be perfect, you create more time for your loved ones. Stop comparing yourself to those super-parents who seem to have it all together at home and at work – they don’t exist. Everybody has marriage and family problems and the people that try to hide them often have the most severe problems. Instead of comparing yourself with other people, figure out what your priorities are and do the things that help you feel happy and less stressed.

Make a to-do list
Make a to-do list with all your daily activities and divide them into three categories: Do, Delegate and Don’t. There will be at least one thing on your list you know you’re not going to do. Cross it off, and then go through each item, asking yourself what happens if you don’t do it. Move all tasks you are doing out of guilt or habit to the Don’t section. Fin someone who can do the tasks in the Delegate section and for the items that must get done, put stickers of happy faces next to the things you enjoy doing, a clock next to those which will save time later and a dollar signs next to items that make or save money. The stickers will remind you why these things matter.

Use every resource
If you want to learn how to get more free time for your family you must learn to take advantage of all existing resources. Find out if a laundry or diaper service fits into your budget and if your dry cleaner offers a delivery service. Read a dishwasher review to find a model that suits your needs and buy the best rated dishwasher on the market, so you know the job will be done properly; that way, you won’t have to do the dishes yourself. You can even get the kids to help you clean the dishes before placing them on the rack.  Ask your babysitter to pick up the toys, prep dinner of restock the diaper bag. If friends and family members want to help out, accept it and don’t be shy to ask them for something. However, don’t take too much advantage of a person and thank them with a dinner invitation.


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