How to Spend Your Time Wisely

Some days my house is spotless, but I’ve barely had a spare minute to do anything else. Other days are packed with fun, but our home looks like a bomb went off. Our family goes through seasons of busyness and periods of calm, and our days rarely feel perfectly balanced. Going through life as a family will always bring extra responsibilities and expectations into the mix. My mindset during this time: embrace the chaos, but don’t invite it in.

Spend your time wisely by making decisions that reflect your priorities.

Life moves in seasons

From the time babies are born, they constantly move from one phase to the next. Just as you feel that you’ve figured out one new behavior, they continue on to the next. A few days after we brought our first baby home, one of our good friends left us a hilariously encouraging message saying, “So right about now, your biggest question is: where the heck is the manual for this thing?” It was 100% true. Even at 6 and 9, my kids still go through periods that have us wondering how best to parent them. I have no doubt that some of the trickiest phases are still ahead of us in the teenage years. read more

5 Tips for a Great Babysitter Experience

Every parent needs a little time off occasionally. Parenting is a joy and a privilege, but it’s also a lot of work. Whether it’s a break for yourself or time alone with your spouse, it’s smart to make time to recharge. If you don’t have family or friends that can help you, you’ll need to find a babysitter. Over time, I’ve discovered a few tricks that make the experience easier on everyone.

Prepare the Kids Ahead of time

Whether this is the first time you’re using a babysitter or the same old sitter who always comes over, it’s always a good idea to prep the kids. Let them know that someone special is coming to take care of them while you go out. My kids are young with a limited concept of time so I usually do same-day prep. Be sure to emphasize how much fun they will have while you’re gone. For a first-time experience or with a new sitter, I sometimes even provide a special treat. I remember loving babysitters as a kid because it usually meant pizza and renting a movie. read more