Jobs in Yangon aren't the only jobs that demand all of your time. Sometimes, our work eats up so much of our time that we are left with no time with our families.
Time is so precious. It always escapes us, and we always find ourselves wishing, wanting, and needing more time, but we just don't feel like, really don’t have enough time. Spending time with our family, friends, and loved ones is important for our physical and mental development and happiness. Children don't really care how long you spend time with them as long as it's quality.
Children will find their own subtle ways to let their parents know that they're not getting enough attention. Some of them will throw tantrums or act out, and some will withdraw, or will resort to doing acts such as crying, disobeying, and they will that will catch their parents attention, even if it's negative. They'll think that if they can't catch their parents' attention by doing good things, then they'll do something bad.
Here are some things you can do to spend time with your family, even though you're pressed for time.
Spend some one on one time with your child or spouse. Do something you and your child both enjoy, and have some well-deserved alone time with your spouse. You can go with your child to the movies to see a nice animated movie, or you and your spouse can see a new action movie out. You and your child can go to the park and have a walk, or just sit on a bench under a tree and catch up with each other. Set aside your Saturdays for quality time with your children and your spouse.
Notes. If you can't spare the time until after the kids and your spouse are asleep, you can still let them know that you care. You can write notes and put them in your kids' lunch boxes, or somewhere your spouse can surely find it. It's one of the ways that you make your children and spouse feel loved.
Insert family into your schedule. Bring your children with you when you do errands. Let them help you clean the house, or bring them with you when you need to go grocery shopping, or let them help you make dinner. This can become quality time spent with you.
Have a break. Yes, you're busy, but you should never be busy for your children. Spend your break with them if you can, that's an extra fifteen or thirty minutes with you, and that's enough for a child because you made an effort to spend time with them. If not in the middle of the day, how about in the morning? Wake them up fifteen minutes earlier and do something fun in the morning with them.
Spending time with your children and your spouse gives you time to connect with them, and it gives them the opportunity to learn from you, and to be heard by you. The time you a lot for them makes them feel loved and cared for. Try to find ways to connect with your children without having to exert more effort than you already do at work. Your children and spouse will appreciate it, and you'll be making beautiful memories with them.
Kimberly Marie Gayeta (Kimmy,) is a Communications Degree holder, passionate writer, currently working as a local Public Relations Officer and an online Marketing Representative.
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