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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR WEEKENDS PART 2



Try as you may, household duties like cleaning, cooking, and grocery shopping often end up on the weekend To-Do List.   If everyone in the family pitches in to get things done together, everyone can also move on to more pleasurable activities.  The idea is to work together so you can have more time to play individually or together. 
 
You really need to plan your weekend activities ahead of time, because wonderful weekends don't just happen; they need to be planned at family meeting times with the whole family present.  Family councils eliminate the pitfall of assuming that you know what your spouse or your children like to do.  This can be a major cause of miscommunication. 
 
Some family council tips are:

*        Allow each child to run the meeting to help build self-confidence and develop
    leadership and negotiating skills. 
 
*        Family time should be a prerequisite for every weekend plan. 
 
*        Pick a day that there will not likely be a conflict to hold these regular gatherings in
    which everyone is expected to participate. 
 
*       Avoid using the TV as a gathering activity because it can stifle communication and set
   up a non-verbal atmosphere where feelings and emotions are seldom expressed.
 
Planning together is important, but as parents be ready to be flexible if sickness or unexpected events occur.  Too much scheduling can cause stress, so allow spontaneity to happen now and then.
 
Even "wasting" some time together can be okay every so often.  Maybe the tradition of "porch sitting" needs to be revived.  Get ready though, the neighbors will probably think you've locked yourself out of the house!

posted on: 5/27/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side


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