Start each day on a happy note. Give yourself more time to enjoy each other by packing lunches, backpacks and briefcases the night before.
Manage your time productively. Use time spent in the car and/or walking to enjoy each other’s company, sing songs, catch up on what’s going on at school, or discuss fun activities for the weekend. During this time, put all electronic devices away, DON’T use your phone and take away headphones and handheld devices from the kids (the same goes for dinner time).
When you cook, make “extra” dinner to freeze. This allows you to quickly thaw out a meal on another night when you get home, instead of stressing over an entire new meal.
An evening meal does not always have to be a hot meal. If you end up late at the office, there is nothing wrong with sandwiches for dinner. With the time you save by not cooking, you can do something fun, like play a game or hang out in the backyard and/or at the park.
Plan regular, enjoyable family activities that are simple. Once a month, schedule an activity, like taking the family to a sporting event or going on a hike, bowling, ice skating, etc. It is these activities that provide children with positive family memories.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s ok not to be supermom or dad ALL of the time. Don’t ever feel bad asking a friend or babysitter to step in when you need them. Remember, taking care of yourself ensures that you are better able to parent and take care of your children.
By using these recommendations, working parents can use time with their family more efficiently. While it can be difficult, try to leave work stresses at work and focus on spending more quality time with your children when you are home.