SAN DIEGO, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you find yourself wearing more
soccer jerseys than regular clothes? Do you decorate cupcakes for 30
Brownies or Cub Scouts instead of making home-cooked meals? Are you
referred to as "Coach" more than your actual name? If so, you have the
classic symptoms of an overbooked parent.
When families become consumed by demanding schedules, they lose the
chance to spend personal time with their families. To help busy families,
the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists offers tips on
how to manage time and lighten the family schedule:
* Limit each child to one or two extracurricular activities. If a child
wants to add an activity, replace the child's less favorable activity
with a new one.
* Consider the costs of joining a new activity by weighing the potential
outcomes financially, emotionally, and from a scheduling standpoint.
* Help manage your family's quality time by setting priorities. Include
dinners together and have a family night.
* Have fun and play in a creative way. Give your child time to explore a
hobby or play outside. Take time as a family to enjoy nature and the
outdoors by going on bike rides, hiking trips, or to the park.
* Develop a schedule that manages your priorities and will help your
family enjoy their activities to the fullest.
At times, over-scheduling may be difficult to manage and it may be
necessary to seek professional help. A mental health professional such as a
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) can successfully help ease common
sources of stress, including financial worries, family problems, and heavy
workloads. If you or someone you know may need the help of a MFT, visit
www.therapistfinder.com to find one in your area.
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, with 27
chapters throughout the state, is an independent professional organization,
representing the interests of licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
CAMFT provides TherapistFinder.com as a resource to the public looking for
Marriage and Family Therapists located in California. For more information
about CAMFT, please call (858) 292-2638 or visit www.camft.org or
SOURCE California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists