Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Making time for the important stuff

Sometimes, especially with kids, we just get so caught up in our routines, school, activities, chores, etc...that life itself seems to pass us by. We fell into this trap a couple of years ago-swim lessons, skating lessons, music classes-our weekends were over before they had really begun. It was Sunday evening and we hadn't really had any time to just hang out.

The problem of course, was that the kids actually wanted to do these activities, and we had a hard time saying no. But this year, when planning out the kids' weekend activities, I decided to keep our Sundays activity-free. It has meant Saturdays are mad, and that we had to sacrifice an activity or two.

But it has also meant we have one day a week set aside for us as a family-time to sleep in, have a breakfast we don't have to rush through, and go places we wouldn't get to go otherwise.

One of our favourite places to go is the Bois-de-l'Île-Bizard Nature Park. It is about a half-hour drive, depending on traffic, and the only cost is parking. There are a couple of trails, including the marsh walk. And there is even a beach.

This was the first Sunday after the kids' activities started, and already I know we've done the right thing.
How do you make time for your family?

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