Time. It’s what many of us parents need more of these days. The hours in a day compress into a persistent ticking on an internal timepiece as we try to pack it all in. Like you, I treasure time with my family but this doesn’t stop me from measuring that time.
When things start to get too busy we can start to feel a little unmoored. Nothing too terrible happens but we may become a little less patient as we rush through the day. We know we will have to stop working (writing, painting, emailing, solving, meeting, etc.) before we are quite ready to because it’s time for homework, dinner, and bedtime routines.
We are welcome to pick up where we left off once everyone else is asleep a la midnight moms. But is that how I want to use my time?
What I know about this is that every day is different. Sometimes I may need to push through but other days I may need a “time in.”
Time in can be many things. For me, it is listening to guided imagery so my brain can relax and recharge. It is delightedly finding myself alone in my own house and just breathing for awhile. It is meeting someone for coffee so I can enjoy the care and attention of a dear friend.
These days it is easier for me to notice when I need a “time in” so my patience doesn’t get as tested. And of course, time in with family is also time well spent.
What can kind of “time in” would you enjoy?