Need to Find More Time in Your Day?

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Are you like most moms who need to find more time in your day? I’ve found a unique way to do that. Talk to your husbands!

I’d been trying to work out our schedule (read: routine, as we don’t really have a formal schedule) for the upcoming school year and there just didn’t seem to be enough time in the day. I wanted to have two hours of school time before lunch, followed by two to two-and-a-half hours after lunch. The problem was, we don’t get up early enough to do two hours before the traditional lunch time of noon and, if we ran much later than that, we were running into the time that Brian gets home from work.

That would never do, since what man wants to walk into the clutter and chaos of schoolbooks, papers, and various and sundry pieces of hands-on projects as soon as he comes home from work, right?


I finally asked Brian, late one night as we were lying in bed and all of these thoughts were swirling around in my insomnia-ridden head, “On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate the importance to you of our being finished with school when you come in from work?”

Brian: One.

Me: One?!?!?

Brian (thinking he was on the verge of some man-trap): Um, two or three??

Me: No, it’s okay if one is your answer, but is one really your answer? It doesn’t disturb you to come in to papers scattered all over the place and no one being ready to pay attention to you and spend time with you?

Hmmm…turns out that men (my man, anyway) kind of like having time to come in and unwind a bit before being expected to be the cheerful, attentive husband and fun-loving, ready-to-play dad.

Imagine that.

I mean, it makes total sense when you think about it. They come in from working all day, solving problems and putting out work-related fires, fighting traffic and they need some time to unwind. Change clothes. Veg-out in front of the TV. Take a catnap.


That opens up another hour or more in my day while still allowing us (the kids and I) plenty of time for our own down time before it’s time for dinner. It gives me time to seek out the quiet and solitude of the basement to read my email or to blog. It gives the kids time to play outside or talk a rested, wound-down dad into taking them bike-riding.

It adds unstressed, unhurried time to my day. And, gives me a relaxed, refreshed husband.

Who knew?

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  1. My husband loves to hang out downstairs for about 30 minutes… without it he can be a bear! :-)He needs that downtime for just what you have written here. It has been in our routine for quite some time now.

  2. My husband needs his downtime but not until after he’s ahd his dinner. He walks in the door, checks the mail then sits down to eat. After he eats he takes a 15 minute nap on the couch and only then is he ready for the evening! LOL

  3. Mine likes to come straight home and EAT… So I have to have dinner on the table. But he does get home close to 6pm.

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