It is never perfectly easy managing home, work, and family. When you work from home, it tends to both simplify and complicate your life and family schedule. Having 3 boys at home to homeschool does not exactly make it any easier to balance the never ending to-do list I have going on. The holidays bring with them their own special list of complications which add stress in home management – especially if you happen to have grandiose ideas of achieving that perfect Christmas, or entertaining family and friends with an – over the top – perfect Thanksgiving feast.
I will not bother to pretend that I have figured it all out. It is a fluid kind of thing, this household management challenge. It changes with the ebbs and flows of life, and with the ever growing, ever shifting needs of the family. Flexibility is important in order to keep up with each and every one of the needs of the family and for things to run smoothly. Letting go of perfectionist ideas is critical to finding peace in the moment as you prepare for those joyous holiday celebrations.
I have tried rigid schedules, and though it may work for some, it does not work for us. And although flexibility is important, I have also found myself too far on the relaxed side of a schedule. Somewhere in the middle is where we strike a good balance. A combination of organization and an orderly schedule with an agenda clearly laid out before us, and the ability to bend to the flexible needs of my family – is the key for me. The ever elusive goal to achieve perfect balance is just exactly that – elusive, but my perception can change things immensely when I let go of the perfect part and simply aim to strike a good balance instead.
As we approach the holiday season, I encourage you to make a list of what is most important; and let go off what is not. You and your family will all enjoy the season all the more in a more relaxed atmosphere!