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Tag-Team Parenting: How to Maximize the Time Spent with Your Children

 

Parenting is the most difficult job there is. They say it takes a village to raise a child. However, most parents are on their own. That's why it's critical that partners work together to manage the household duties and maximize the time they are able to spend with their children. 

Create a Routine

Children need structure. Create a schedule to regulate your family's day. If your family is constantly on the go, a detailed routine will help ground your children and give them a much needed sense of stability. If you and your spouse work alternating schedules, having a routine will prevent your kids from getting lost in the shuffle.

Take Turns at Doing the Chores

When you have children, housework piles up quickly. However, rather than spending every minute of your child's early years doing dishes and folding laundry, make a schedule with your spouse. Arrange it so one of you makes dinner while the other one makes a fort with the kids. Then switch off so each of you gets to spend time with your children. If certain household projects require both you and your spouse, get the kids involved. They will love helping out and the extra face time with you. Put off some chores until the children go to sleep. Nothing is so important that it can't wait a few hours.

Get Some Rest

Parenting can be exhausting, especially if you are working full-time to boot. Make sure you get ample rest and relaxation. If your children are early risers, take turns getting up with them. Have your partner play with the kids while you take a power nap or grab a quick shower. Remember, take care of yourself so you can be at your best for your family. 

Spread the Love

When you have many children, it can be difficult giving each of them their fair share of attention. Though the younger ones require the most amount of maintenance, the older ones are just as desirous of your time. Take the time to interact with each of your children.  After you feed the baby, hand him off to your spouse and help your older child with her homework. Make dates to go to the spa with your daughter while your husband hits the arcades with your son. Find a special activity you can do with each of your children, and encourage your spouse to do the same. It's important that each child has a unique relationship with both his mother and father.

One Big Happy Family

While it's important to foster individual relationships with your children, it's equally important to spend quality time together as an entire family. Carve out a small chunk of time where you can all be together and enjoy one another's company. Have dinner together or play a board game. Plan a family movie night or have a camp out in the backyard. Whether it's fifteen minutes or fifteen hours, it's important for both you and your spouse to fully commit to family time. Remember, the simplest family activity will mean the world to your children.

Make A Date

With all the running around you do, it may be difficult to find time to connect with your spouse. You need to make an effort to spend some alone time with your partner. Go out or order in, but find some time to focus on each other.

Having a family is a lot of work. However, if you work together with your spouse, you can minimize the stress of family life and maximize the enjoyment.

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