How Spend time With Your Family
Family time on a shoestring schedule
Sub-heading: How to make the most of the little time you have with loved ones
No one would argue that life in 2016 is hectic. Balancing work performance, a household, social life and everything in between is hard enough on its own, and often distracts us from what is most important in life – our families.
Sure, we all have lives of our own, and try our best to squeeze those plans in, but making time for our loved ones – beyond brief encounters in the morning and evening, or, if you live further afield, planning a weekend back home with the parents – is often, sadly, a last-minute rushed affair, or one of the plans we end up cancelling.
If it feels like you’ve forgotten your children’s names, or can’t remember the last time you saw mom and dad, we have a few tricks that can help you to make the most of the time you’ve got with your nearest and dearest.
Spread those wings
Don’t waste time travelling by car if you don’t have to. Find the cheapest airfares you can and book that flight to get to your family. Often the red-eye flights are cheapest because they are so early, but it means more time with your loved ones.
Get stuck in
If your mom and aunts are in the kitchen cooking up a storm, roll up your sleeves and go help them. Many hands make light work, so shorten the time spent on chores by sharing the load. Some of the best memories are waiting to be made while preparing a massive pot of breyani, sharing memories and stories while you work. And while you’re busy, double up on the meals so you can save time to spend together.
Ditch the to-do list
Often family celebrations can be a stressful time as we tend to want everything to be perfect. Instead of planning every last detailof the meal or event, remember the focus of the celebration is time with those you hold dear.
Get off your phone!
No one really realises just how much time they spend staring at their little pocket computers. While it’s alright to do so while you’re in the throes of your work week, doing the finger dance between emails, Facebook and Whatsapp on a long weekend or during your down time in the kitchen robs you and your family of precious bonding time. Put the phone down. It can wait.
It’s time to prioritise your kin. The people closest to us deserve our time, as we do theirs. Make the time and stay in the moment. Your family will appreciate it, we guarantee it.