Dad; August is here, and pretty soon the streets will be filled with yellow school busses and plaid uniforms. People will be getting up earlier and coming home later and later. As a result, houses will become quieter. Parents will be left to have riveting conversation with the television and their dogs. I’m looking forward to it. I am! Well maybe I am a little. Maybe I’m not.
When they are gone, it’s just me. The cooking and cleaning does not bother me. A clean space is a beautiful thing. But the problem is that the silence can become boredom, and boredom becomes depression. How can I address being bored? Is there any solution in sight?
That is a great question. So many make their families their lives, and forget how they used to enjoy themselves. The great mistake made by millions of families is that they make their children (or spouses) responsible for their fun. And if that person is not up being the minister of fun , then the household takes a hit.
If you want to keep your house in order and have fun at the same time,, all you need is a plan. Start by documenting your current schedule. You want to make sure that the schedule is in 1/2 hour increments. you don’t want to document the 2 minutes that it takes you to fill the candy dish. Once you have your schedule documented, the next step is to find time to schedule some cheap fun. You may have an open spot between noon a and 2:30. Invite a friend out for coffee or go and play a couple of video games at the video arcade around the corner. Or go and catch a movie! All of these things would address your need for a break without ruining your schedule. Coffee with a friend may cost about $5 bucks. A trip to the video arcade may cost $10, and a movie with popcorn may cost about $10 as well. The point isn’t to find Black Tie events (not yet anyway …) but this would be a great start.
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