How To Fit In “Mommy Time” While Working Two Jobs
Guest Author: Kameron Ainsworth
(CTCU Marketing & Business Development Specialist)
For many parents, the demands of the everyday grind of work, household chores, preparing meals, daily hygiene routines and so on, are grueling at best. But, for single parents, these demands can seem almost impossible. And then, to top it off, throw a second job into the mix.
Trying to find time to relax and enjoy time spent with your children can be a struggle. Not because you don’t want to, but because there is a never-ending list of things to do that makes it hard to even think about relaxing. In my experience, when I get on a really good routine of doing something, I’ll notice I’ve let something else fall by the wayside.
For my sanity (and yours), I’ve created a list of ideas on how to create quality time for you and your child/ren, including some ideas on budget-friendly activities. It is our job as parents to make sure that our children’s physical needs are met, yes; but it is also our job to make sure their emotional needs are met as well.
- 15-20 Minutes in the Morning (1 – 2 times per week)
- I know, mornings can be hectic. Make it a point to wake up 15-20 minutes earlier than usual to have some time with your child before taking them to daycare or school. This is additional time that you’re not finding clothes, brushing hair, making sure they brush their teeth, and so on.
- For younger kids, this time could be used for an early morning dance party to wake you up, read their favorite book or you could go for a morning walk.
- Older kids may need a little more incentive to wake up any earlier than necessary. An idea would be to cook or stop for their favorite breakfast on the way to school and eat breakfast together.
- 30 Minutes Before Heading Home (1-2 times per week)
- At 5:00PM you are ready to pick up your little one and head home to cook dinner. Instead, find time one or two times a week to stop by a local park and play before dinner time. The extra playtime will not only let you spend quality time with your child but it will also make them extra tired so bedtime won’t be as much of a struggle. On these nights, opt for a quick and easy dinner or leftovers so you can stick to your nighttime routine. This could be interchangeable with extracurricular activities such as gymnastics class or swim lessons.
- Another evening tip, if you work from home as your second job, is to try to save work for after the kids go to sleep and stick to an early, age-appropriate bedtime. Allotting an hour or two for work after your kids have gone to bed will make you feel less guilty about working the extra hours.
- As a credit union employee, I usually get 10 holidays off per year. My family and I have specific plans for some of those holidays (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas) while other holidays (Labor Day and President’s Day for example) are free. So, I try to keep these days as “family days”, instead of checking things off my to-do list. You could tie your family activity into the meaning of the holiday for older children, or you could simply plan a fun day.
Here are some ideas for fun and inexpensive (or FREE) things to do in the Tyler area when you have a little extra time on your hands.
- Bergfeld Park
- Faulkner Park
- The Children’s Park of Tyler
- Rose Rudman Park
- Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum (donations appreciated)
- Sunrise Paw Park (take the doggies!)
- The ROC
- Tyler Rose Garden
- Cotton Belt Depot Museum (donations appreciated)
If you’re looking for more things to do with your kids, check out our Super Saver Kids Club by CTCU!
- Children between the ages of birth-12 can open a CTCU Youth Savings Account and are automatically signed up for our Super Saver Kids Club. As a member of our Kids Club, your child will receive a Power Pack and t-shirt upon opening their account. They have a chance to win extra money for their savings account by competing in our quarterly coloring contests, or have some fun attending our awesome Super Days with other Kids Club members! Kids Club members receive special gifts on their birthday and their CTCU account opening anniversary as well.
For more information on signing your child up to become a CTCU Super Saver,
We also have REAL Teen Checking Accounts for teens!
Visit: https://www.coopteachers.com/kids-teens for more information.