The easiest way to spend quality time with loved ones is to involve them in your day. Let your kids help you cook or clean, especially the young ones who think it's a ton of fun. If you have places to go and a teenager who's learning to drive, have her be your chauffeur. Need to go on a marathon shopping expedition? Ask your mom or your BFF to tag along. If you work out, ask your hubby to join in on your daily routine. Not only will it allow you to hang out and spice up your workout, but it also may spice up your love life, too.
This works the other way, too. Include yourself in plans your loved ones have made and get involved with their hobbies and activities. People are busy these days, and sometimes you just have to be busy together.
If you just sit around waiting for the perfect time to visit with loved ones, it may never happen. Instead, make a plan (and stick to it). Schedule a time that works for both of you, and keep that time slot blocked off — no matter what. If you can, make a standing time every week or month to get together. If everyone else in your life (and at work) knows you aren't available on a certain day each month, you'd be surprised how likely they (yes, even most bosses) are to respect your schedule.
If you keep putting it off, it may never happen. Make spending quality time with loved ones a priority in your life. Once you know what's really important, it's easier to find a way to make it work, and you'll be glad that you did.
Make mealtime quality time. Make a commitment to eat dinner together at least a few days a week. Eat around the table, not in front of the television, and use the time to talk about your day or what's happening in your life.
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