Day 2 of Becoming A Better Parent
Balance… Where does your time go and what are your priorities? I think Balance is so very important. Your children & family come first, but I am a strong believer that everyone needs something in their life that is just for them – and no ladies, I am not just referring to that big bottle of Australian Shiraz on your counter! lol But what do you do in your life, that you don’t need to share with anyone else, and makes you happy? Is it having an hour to yourself every day to work out or go for a walk? Is it socializing and having nights out with friends? Is it a class you’re taking? If you don’t have something that is just for you, you need to get on board with this whole philosophy.
I love being with my daughter, and my husband. And no matter what happens, I put them ahead of everything else. R and Z are who make me the happiest, but also the tiredest.
Stay at home parents especially. If you have a working partner, and the end of the day rolls around, you’re exhausted and run down. What is it that you want to do to feel refreshed and ready to take on the last few hours of the day? For me: it was going to work out. Now that I haven’t done that in a while, my one thing is a shower. I actually prefer to wait until the evening to have my shower. Knowing that daddy is home, and I don’t need to be listening for a waking baby, means I can take my time, shave my legs, or just relax in the hot water. On weekends, I like to try and get out with my friends at least one of the nights. Rather its a movie, or a night on the town – I love to see them. It keeps me feeling young (as I am pretty much the only one of my close group of girlfriends with a baby) and connected. Of course R is already in bed, either at home with Daddy, or grandparents. However, when Friday rolls around, I am also completely content with a hot shower, pyjamas, and a glass of wine or a hot cup of tea, in bed, movie on, and completely uninterrupted.
Other areas of your life where you may need to find balance: at work, in your relationship, your finances, or your health. For me: I work during nap time, my husband and I have dedicated our 3rd Friday or Saturday of every month to date night, we have a joint bank account for all house/family expenses, and after a lot of hard time/energy/work spent on losing 25 pounds, I try to make healthy choices everyday.
I love the persepective of Balance from Chuck Galozzi at personal-development.com… He says you need to learn to balance your life in two ways (1) Time, (2) Attitude/Perspective. If you don’t see the importance of making positive changes in order to balance your life — you won’t. And if you don’t create the time — you can’t.
Click below to read what DadofDivas has to say about balancing your life… They’ve also provided a few great links as well.Day 2: Blance Out Your Life DadofDivas on Twitter
How are you balancing your life?
Have a great Tuesday every body!