I’m going to focus the last few days on things that I can do to help with the chaos in the household. So far this month, I have changed so much for the kids but not much for me or my husband. I think that we need to change how we are at home to help with the chaos as well. The first thing I think needs to be changed for us is less electronics. By that I mean, less time spend while the kids are awake on computers, Iphones, and tablets.
Being that we both write blogs, we tend to be online A LOT. My husband has always been a techno geek and has always lived in front of his computer. When he’s not at the computer, he is on his phone looking at things or on his tablet. This occurs a lot when the kids are awake. I have to say that recently with me working so much on this blog, I’m almost as guilty. I tend to work on posts, check email, look at Facebook and Twitter, Pin on Pinterest – all the things that I need to do all while the kids are awake and really wanting my attention.
I do however, tend to taper off a bit when the kids need me and I usually only do things that don’t need a lot of concentration when they are around. I can only watch Wild Kratts episodes so many times before I really want to pull my hair out! I also tend to be in the same room with them mostly because I work completely on a laptop. My husband on the other hand, he works off a desktop machine and is often in the office online while the kids are running around like crazy. We really do need to chill out on our screen time and schedule our online activities better so that they don’t interfere with family time.
So, this week I’m going to work really hard to schedule myself better so that I’m not online and “connected” when I should be connecting with my children. I’m hoping my husband will do the same thing. I think a lot of the chaos we experience in the house comes from bored kids who want attention and that is easily fixed – give them attention and make sure they know we are around and there for them. I know it won’t be easy, but I know that I can do a better job than I have been.