As a husband and father of three daughters under the age of 5 here in Milton, I know the holiday season is a stressful time of the year. In the past, I have not been the best at planning for the Holidays and this year, I am determined to do better. Here are the five areas where I am going to focus that I thought I might share with you.
1. Be Proactive: This is a hard one for us Daddy’s. I’m actually writing this blog while on vacation where I should have finished it last week. The fact is, with planning and actually buying my gifts in advance, I will save the aggravation of last minute lineups, possible out of stock for the perfect gift, and of course parking.
2. Scheduling into my calendar: My wife always used to wonder where I was when I should have been home for family events. That all changed when I started booking both work and personal items into my calendar. Whether it’s a holiday get together or my kid’s festive concert, I have started to book in my calendar just like a work or client meeting.
3. Committing to fun family time outdoors: Have you ever avoided going outside with your kids because it’s too cold or too wet? I have. But the times I do make it out, I have an amazing time. My kids are always excited to go outside despite the weather. When I commit to time with my kids outside, I want to make sure I follow through and have fun.
4. Be Productive: This is a big one for me. At times as a husband, my idea of cleanliness is not as high as my wife. The result is, in most cases my wife cleans out of frustration because I haven’t. I plan to be more productive and put down the remote and pick up a scrub brush. A happy wife is a happy life.
5. Enjoy: As we all know, the Holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends. It’s a time of giving. I plan to take this time and enjoy every minute. Look at the positive and not let the disgruntled sibling, the controlling in-law or the unexpected guests get to me. Take it all in stride and enjoy.
Happy Holidays to all and I hope one or more of these goals of mine can help you.
Mark Ritcey - momstown Milton Daddy Blogger