Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Ephesians 5:16-17
How do you deal with scheduling conflicts in your house? As you look at next week and all that is scheduled, do you feel overwhelmed? I’d like to get very practical in this post because I believe that busy-ness is something that every parent battles. Kids and their activities keep you running here, there and everywhere and before you know it, something falls through the cracks or a conflict happens because there’s just too much going in.
Let me tell you a very simple, yet effective habit that really helped my husband and myself as we raised three kids who play sports all at the same time. Add to that a husband who coached two seasons of sports a year. We had a lot going on in our house!
Every Sunday night, my husband and I would sit down with our calendars and sync them, making sure he had every kid’s games and practices, and my obligations, and I made sure I knew his game and practice schedule and anything else he had going on.
I will admit that often our calendars looked like a jumbled mess, but we had everything we needed to know about the upcoming week in front of us, to be checked each day.
Just those few minutes of planning for the week saved us a lot of conflict and stress. We were able to iron out scheduling conflicts right then and there, instead of being blindsided by them.
Try it! Start this Sunday night after the kids are in bed, or at least while they are busy doing something else, and take 5-10 minutes to connect. A little planning really does help!
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