Schedule work around your family

“In order to get time to write my books, I get up at 4 o’clock in the morning and stop writing by around 7.00 or 7.30 so that I spend the morning time before school with the kids. It’s a temptation to get up and go into my study and work from 7 o’clock but I’d rather pay for it with less sleep for a while and not miss that family time. We all get together in bed and drink tea.” – John Dickson, author, speaker and historian

  • Can you get up early or stay up late to put in a bit of extra work time? Use those extra hours to spend time together as a family in the morning
  • Ask the kids to talk about their day, what’s going to happen (computing, gym, friends etc)
  • Have a quick prayer together. That helps them focus on the day ahead of them

Tips:

Look for opportunities to be involved

Teachable moments happen regularly. Be on the lookout for these opportunities and take advantage.

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A picture is worth 1,000 words

Take photos of your workplace and/or your home (if you live apart from your children) to show your kids – this will help them to visualise where you are when you are not with them.