The Benefits of Downtime

Here’s a life tip that nobody asked for:

Taking off a few hours a day to circle back to your “why” helps put things in perspective.

So my husband and I do our best to juggle work and parenthood 5 days a week (7 days for him because of his startup). Fortunately for us, we have someone who helps us out with house chores and looks after the kids when things get too hectic at work.

But everyday at around 4pm, when our house-help clocks out, we’ve committed to having this “downtime” where we can both spend time with the kids, regardless of how busy or stressed we are.

Sometimes we’d take a quick stroll around the neighborhood, other times we’d stay cooped up in the bedroom and have a dance party or just goof around. 

By 6 it’s dinner time and by 7 I get the kids ready for bed, and then my husband goes back to work. 

Those few hours have worked wonders for us!

“Children who spend time with their parents participating in activities together build a positive sense of self-worth. When children feel that they are valued by their parents, they feel more positive about themselves.”

We tell ourselves it’s a way for us to bond with the kids but really it’s our little healing time, a time to forget about the stress of work or the bills or even the future, and just be present.

It’s something I hope we can continue doing even when the girls are grown and things get really busy. 

How about you? How do you connect with your kids? 🙂

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Just your average millennial mama navigating motherhood and breaking generational curses.


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