Boys Town's Top 5 Strategies for Managing Your Family's Time

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Boys Town is offering five tips for families having difficulty managing their hectic schedule. From family meeting times to "just saying no" could make a huge difference in how parents and children find time to enjoy one another.

“Setting your priorities and slowing your pace keeps the ‘schedule beast’ under control, giving you and your children time to enjoy life and each other.”

What is the best way to manage a family’s hectic schedule? Boys Town, the national child care organization founded more than 90 years ago, says that effective time management is essential to helping a family stay connected. Below are five ways to successfully manage a family’s time:

1.    Decide your family’s top three “main things”. As a family, pick three things that are most important to everyone. You can help get your schedule under control by keeping track of the big picture.
2.    Keep an updated master family calendar. The calendar will remind family members of the “main things” and help manage hectic schedules.
3.    Learn to say no. Before taking on another commitment or project, look at your family calendar and decide if you have the time. If it won’t fit, say no politely- and don’t feel guilty.
4.    Hold weekly family meetings. Just 15-20 minutes a week can help you touch base and coordinate your calendars to limit confusion and stress.
5.    Make time to eat together. Family mealtimes are a great opportunity to connect with each other after a long day. Schedule a time where you can sit down face-to-face, eat and relax.

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on the best parenting and discipline practices. These strategies incorporate those teachings and can be used for effective parenting in the home. “Remember, you are the CEO of your family – and you love your kids more than anyone else does,” said Laura Buddenberg, Boys Town training expert. “Setting your priorities and slowing your pace keeps the ‘schedule beast’ under control, giving you and your children time to enjoy life and each other.”

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The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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