The holidays have wound down and families have returned to their usual busy schedules with school, extracurricular activities, work, ect. With all of the obligations and responsibilities we have it can be easy to lose sight of why we are doing it all.
As Valentine’s Day approaches we have to opportunity to take a moment to pause and take a look at how we are spending the time we have with those around us. Busy schedules create challenges in making the time together meaningful, rather than just getting everything done for the day. Making the time we have together meaningful is a way in which we are able to nurture our relationships. Time is truly our greatest asset.
So, YES! Chores do need to get done around the house, exercise is important, and responsibilities need to be fulfilled, but we do have opportunities to maximize the time we spend doing them.
Some ways to do this:
Go for a walk as a family – many people’s New Year’s resolutions involve increasing physical activity. Instead of going to the gym alone, go for a walk or run with your significant other. You can even bring the kids.
Sit down at the table and have dinner together – this provides an opportunity to talk about how everyone’s day was.
Do the dishes together – after dinner clear the table as a family. Pick a washer, dryer, and person to put the dishes away. Time together + Dishes are DONE!
Remember, making time together meaningful doesn’t require us to go out and do something extraordinary. Time together is meaningful when the people together are actively engaged with one another.
Kayla is completing her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN after obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Winona State University. Kayla’s professional experience has included personal growth counseling with college students, inpatient counseling with adolescents, as well as adult clients. As an intern, Kayla uses a framework of cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt therapy, and family systems.
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