Balancing act: Balance time to work with time to play

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  • jeanie orem, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Best thing we invested in was a tandem bike. Great play time that included exercise along with fun conversations with our kids and each other, one-on-one.

    Caution: a common saying among tandem bike riders is tandem bike riding makes a good marriage better and a bad marriage worse.... :)

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 11:39 a.m.

    I feel sorry for this guy; it sounds like an all too typical scenario.

    Working hard all day, coming home, & instead of relaxing, having to do chores and receive
    "instruction" from his wife, who "knows how to have fun" (ever "instructing" her husband, whom she regards as an idiot). Your children just "do" fun naturally, to such an extent that, after work, you're trying to get them to pick up their toys, scattered all over the shop.

    Even when you he does "play" it is playing children's games with them, not doing anything for recreation that is remotely creative or more interesting, doing nothing with your wife of course, the one fellow adult in the place.

    My idea is better. Work with your wife at getting the children to clean up after themselves, fold the clothes with your sweetheart while discussing your respective days, always have a personal fun, useful or interesting project that you look forward to each day. Read the scriptures and enjoyable books with family every day for a half an hour maybe, than pack the "kids" off to bed at a reasonable bedtime, and enjoy some grown-up time with the wife.

  • kamster Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 9:46 a.m.

    I agree completely. I received word this morning that a good friend has left this life way too soon. It was a reminder to me that life is way too short. It's important we take time to have fun when the opportunity arises and make time even when it may not be convenient.