When time is limited: Make every minute matter
The mama guilt and chest tightening is in full effect again today, as I ready the fridge and leave notes everywhere for work that requires me to be away for 24+hrs. Yesterday, in preparation for another busy week wherein I must ask my kids to be independent and responsible (taking care of themselves, letting themselves into the home, staying alone for stretches), we all went to the museum and enjoyed a great interactive history exhibit. And, yet, we squabbled almost all other times of the day.
Our time is so limited, and I desperately want to make every minute matter. A few commenters on last week's thread suggest:
Maybe the more useful conversation is how to connect with your kids and build a good relationship when your hours are limited. There's a huge swath of the population that works inflexible, long hours out of necessity. And there are others who have made the choice to put in those hours. So then what?
A great question indeed. How do you maintain a strong relationship with your kids when your time together is necessarily limited?