If you're a parent of more then one child, What do you do to unwind when you have a spare minute?
I find it difficult to unwind when I find myself interested in so many different things other than caring for my children. I like to write, I like to read, I like to sing and play guitar, I like to sew, embroider and I like to draw amongest a number of things to do when I have a spare minute. Maybe I need to work out how to just be still for a moment or two, or learn to unwind after 'unwinding'
Drink a cup a coffee and write (that is my morning)
Play a game with my husband, and watch a few shows (that is my evening)
My "unwind time" is in the late evening once the kids are in bed and the dog has had his walk. Then I watch a movie and perhaps have an adult beverage!
Read, write, enjoy a movie (sometimes in pieces, it seems), or take a drive with my wife. Sometimes, those moments are just that: a moment long. Enjoy them as they come. Someday, they will be longer.
Well when I do get the time...I may take a nap...surf the Internet or read or play games on my Kindle.....but life as a mom is ever so changing.
When our kids were little down time was tough to find. We usually had something else to do around the house after we put them down for the night. It seemed like we usually just watched TV, read the paper or some magazines.
Now that they are both teenagers we still have stuff to do but they have activities too like baseball with our son or some horse related thing for our daughter.
The good thing about them being older is they can help out now so we put them to work doing chores, the spare minutes are still minimal though.
I have 4 children, when I have a spare minute, I read. That helps me a lot. I look forward to the evenings, when the kids are asleep, that's mine and my husbands time to ourselves. Sometimes, we do our own thing, he plays video games, while I read, and other times we focus on each other. Unwinding is what I look forward to.
I either meditate for a few minutes or read a book in the bath tub. Both of these activities are so relaxing!
If you cannot put them to bed, take them to a park, and turn them loose on the equipment. Then, play a game on your cell phone. Even big kids like to go to parks.
My children are 9, 4 and 6 months. some days I can get them all asleep by 8:30 -9:00 but there are those times when the entire day was thrown out of wack. Some nights I just spend my 'Free Time' (as I call it) cleaning the house. lol I can't relax in a messy home. They are all pretty good girls though. I enjoy my time with my husband at night, watching a movie but if he is working, I tend to work too. I either paint, work on a cake (if I have an order) or write. I think I need a little more unwind time, like a glass of wine and a bubble bath but that never seems to be on my list. Maybe I need to learn to stop and breath once in a while.
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