A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Work is preventing quality family time

Most of us have at some point arrived at this state. The job suddenly has become very busy, or we are working a second or part time position to try and earn some extra money. The first thing we need to consider, is does the family need the money, or is it for luxuries? Have a discussion with your spouse, and if you both think it is a good idea, also if the children are old enough to understand, and then consult them about how they feel. However the decision is for the adults. I only mention the children, because they may say they would rather have the parent at home, than another gadget. Also is it a short term situation or something that will be permanent. If it is a budget problem, perhaps there is a way to cut expenditures without sacrificing what the family needs. Regardless of what you determine with the previous questions, when you are spending time with the family, be completely there. If you are at your son’s hockey game, watch the play, see what he is doing, and not be sitting there making lists of thing to do Monday at work. You might just miss him scoring his first goal. When having a family meal together, enjoy not only the food, but each other’s company and even some conversation. A few questions about school or an activity your children are in will let them know you are interested in what they are doing. If your spouse did the cooking saying a thank you, and offering to help clean up will make them feel appreciated.

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