#10- You Can’t Do Everything

One valuable lesson to teach our children is the lesson of moderation.  This is one of the areas in the power of no.  There will always be time where we have to say no to things for the sake of family, rest or even our own sanity.  Part of teaching your children how to manage a schedule is by giving them the freedom to turn down the superfluous things, and sometimes even the things that may seem important, for the things that are the MOST important.

Putting family first is a lesson that we have to role model.  They must see us turn down things in our lives for the most important things such as a date night with our spouse or a family night.  If this is not something that you do naturally, or you are a people pleaser and have a hard time saying no, it is worth the effort to make a change to role model this for your children.  The other thing that you can do is by helping older teens balance their schedule by setting up family times that “cannot be missed”.  Teens today seem to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off with all the school and extra activities.  We need to step in and help them learn to balance!