April 4th, 2016

[podcast] Survival Tips for Busy Days #014

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This week we are talking about ways we can survive — and even thrive! — when times are busy. Whether it’s during baseball season (like us!) or other busy times, there are some simple ways to make sure you and your family make it through packed calendar days.

Lower your standards.
What can you let go of during a busy time? Homemade meals, housework, or kids’ nightly bath times? Now is the time to accept the less-than-perfect in exchange for keeping sane.

Ask for help.
It can be humbling to have to ask for help, but there are people in our lives who can support us and pitch in sometimes, if only we will ask. It can even be mutually beneficial to ask for help from friends and extended family members sometimes. It may not take a village, but it does take many hands and helpers to raise a family!

Take care of yourself (and your relationships).
Sometimes the first thing we let go of when it comes to busy days is the acre we need to give ourselves. Whether it’s proper nutrition, rest, or exercise we often put ourselves last when we get crunched for time. But when life gets busy you need to take care of yourself more than ever, so that you will have the strength and stamina to care for others. Also important is to remember to care for our relationships, especially our marriages, because these can get neglected and suffer if we are too busy.

In this week’s interview I get to chat with Kathryn Whitaker who blogs at Team Whitaker. Kathryn shares beautifully about her triumphs as a mom of a preemie baby. She also discusses the craziness of busy family schedules and shares how her family once “pulled the plug” on EVERYTHING with wonderful results. Kathryn also shares her success with Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book, 33 Days to Morning Glory.

This week’s Girlfriends Shout-out goes to listener Renee who wrote to ask about handling an unruly 2-year-old at Mass. Hang in there, Renee. You are doing great, and you will get through this! 🙂

This week’s challenge is to think about your family’s schedule and discuss your outside commitments as a family. Decide together if the activities you are committed to are really serving your family’s needs and priorities. Let me know how it goes for you!


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