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How to make family time a priority

Luckily your spouse and children are resilient and will keep looking for ways to win your attention...even if it's obvious they are not your number one priority.
Dustin Wiggins, FamilyShare Modified: June 5, 2014 at 7:42 am •  Published: June 9, 2014

“Not right now honey!”

“Please! Let me get this done.”

“We will get a date night eventually.”

“I’ll play with you as soon as I finish this.”

“I don’t have time right now.”

Luckily, your spouse and children are resilient and will keep looking for ways to win your attention. If you’ve caught yourself saying any one of these phrases, or similar ones, you can count yourself among everyone else.

With so many demands in life, it’s hard to figure out how to balance your time. Being a good spouse, a good parent, a good sibling, a good neighbor, a good church member, a good citizen in the community, a good employee and a good friend can feel like an overwhelming amount of responsibility. Now, add to that all the other things in life, taking care of yourself physically, spiritually, emotionally, cleaning up the house, cooking your meals and staying on top of the chores — you wonder if making family time a priority is even possible.

Here are two ways that will help you make family time a priority:

Keep a family time budget

All of us do not have the same amount of money to budget; however, time makes us all equal. We all have the same amount of time regardless of what is in your bank account. You can manage your time and energy the same as the richest person on the planet. You are free to choose how to budget your time.

Matthew Toone, a wise business leader, explains how he is able to keep his family time high on the priority list. “Maybe it seems like an impersonal thing, but I budget time for my family. I know from 6:30-9:30 every night is my family time. Nothing is going to conflict with that. So even if I am working on an entrepreneurial venture or service in my church. . . there will be no phone calls, no emails — I will let nothing interfere with my family time.”

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